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HERO IS GONE-Monuments To Thieves-LP 

DEATHREAT-Runs Dry-EP 

AVAIL7Y0UNG PIONEERS-split-EP 
VA-Thoughts And Notions... Con Brio-EP 
SHOCKS TERROR-Earth, WincL.-EP 



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NO SIDE-Depressing Day-EP 

HIS HERO IS GONE-Monuments-LP 

ENEMY SOIUCORRUPTED-split EP 

FELLS-LP/LONG GONES-Heads Or Tails-EP 
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UNITED BLOOD-Sons Of Liberty-EP 


WORKIN' STIFFS/FILTH F.C.-live 



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LONG GONES-Shake It-EP 
DOUBLE FUDGE-Brown Brown Brown-EP 
V/A-Killed By Death-LP/VOILENT SOCIETY-LP 



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NO SIDE-Depressing Day-EP 

SPAT & THE GUTTERSNIPES/GARAGE RATS-s 

V/A-Songs For The Witching Season-EP 

DEADBOYS-Twistin..AP/AUTOMATICS-EP 



BRUCE ROEHRS 


DISCOCKS-Long Live Oi-LP/X RAYS-EP 


OXYMORON-The Pack Is Back-LP 


THE CANDY SNATCHERS-Dead-EP 


LONG GONES-Heads Or Tails-EP 


DISAPPOINTMENTS-Sex, Drugs And Puking-EP 


UNITED BLOOD-Sons Of Liberty-EP 


DIRTYS-LP/V/A-Kangaroobeercity-LP 


B-MOVIE RATS-Killer Woman-LP 


STEAM PIG-Wy-ld TD'Double IN-CD 


SKINT-EPATURBONEGRO/ANAL BABIES-EP 



LEAH URBANO 


AVAIL/YOUNG PIONEERS-split EP 


HIS HERO IS GONE-Monuments To Thieves-LP 


BROTHER'S KEEPER-live 


POWER OF IDEA-LP 


ANGEL ASSASSINS-Artificial Limb-EP 


CAPITALIST CASUALTIES-Dope & War-EP 


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LACERATION/BAD ACID TRIP-split EP 


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NO USE FOR A NAME-The NRA Years-CD 



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CANDYSNATCHERS-Dead-45 


DIRTY BURDS-Dirty Shame-EP 


SUBSONICS-Frankenstein-45 


PROSTITUTES-LP 


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MIKE HUDSON-Unmedicated-45 


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KILL YOUR IDOLS-127AVENGERS-LP CANDYSNATCHERS-Dead-45/X-RAYS-PCP-45 

V/A-Bloodstains Across Spain-LP/KBD #200 &201-LPsELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN-Fractured-10" 
DIRTYS-You Should Be Sinnin-LP/PRICKS-EP PROM KINGS-EP/DISAPPOINTMENTS-EP 



REMA YOUNG & KENNY KAOS 



FELLS-LP 

LONG GONES-Heads Or Tails-EP 
DiSAPPOINTMENTS-Sex, Drugs, And Puke-EP 
ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN-Fractured-10" 
PROSTITUES-Can't Teach Kids...-LP 



AUTOMATICS-Fortune Telier-EP 
DIRTYS-You Should Be Sinnin-LP 
CANDY SNATCHERS-Dead-EP 
B MOVIE RATS-Killer Woman-LP 
TEEN IDOLS-LP 



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Snap-Her, Sick Boys, Splatter- sticks, UK Subs, Distemper, grad- Armed With Anger, 
heads, Pipe, Pregnant Man, Fi- Enewetak, Fields Of Shit, "Roots Upstairs People, Squidboy, 
nal Conflict, Rawness, Stink, of Punk-SLF, Undertones". Izgoy,Beltones, Scared Of 

Goblins, Smellie Fingers, Chaka, 1-4-5's, Ducky 

"Roots Of Punk-The Essential #169/June '97. Hard Skin, Cluster Boys, Skygrain, "Roots of 
1950s". Bomb Unit, Jihad, Purgen, Speed Punk-Siouxsie & The 

Queens, Remission, Halflings, The Banshees, "Infoshops". 
#156 ptl/May '96. Public Toys, OldMan, Deface, "Roots of Punk- 
Crunch, Peter & The Test Tube -Clash, Ramones, Sex Pistols". 
Babies, Nails Of Hawaiian, 

Splash4, Yawp!, Lifetime, Sick- #170/July '97. Bristle, Mine, 
oids, "Roots of Punk-Boston". Tedio Boys, The 4 Cock- 
roaches, Absconded, 
#158/July , 96.Workin , Stiffs,The Meanwhile. Broken, 
Gain, Ashley Von Hurter & The (Young) Pioneers, Hood- 
Haters, The Process, Brother Infe- rat, "You're Dead!", 
rior, Judge Nothing, Breakups, Not "Roots of Punk--The 
For Rent, "Roots of Punk-The Slits". 
Buzzcocks". 

#171/Aug '97. Strychnine, 
#159/Aug '96. The Smug- Idiots, Patrick Grindstaff of 
glers, Brand New Unit, Tone Pelado Records, Misanthro- 
Deaf Pig-dogs, Round Ear pists,Racetraitor, Violent So- 
Spocks, David Hayes of Too ciety, Knuckleheads. 
Many Records, Man Afraid, 

Blind Side, Vox Populi, Death #172/Sept '97. Withdrawls, 
Wish Kids, Fun People, Fat Judgement, No Motiv, Op- 
Drunk & Stupid, "Roots of pressed Logic, Truents, Left 



Punk— The Dickies" 



For Dead, Yellowskin, The 
Weird Lovemakers, Smash 
Your Face,Flatus, Straight 
Faced, Klaxon, X-It, web 
designer Vic Gedris, film- 
maker Doug Cawker. 



#162/Nov *96. Phantom Surfers 
Candy Snatchers, The Stain, Na- 
tional Guard, Torches To Rome 
Restos Fosiles, Two Bo's Mani- 
acs. Snuka, Redemption 87, Tor- 
ture Kitty, "Roots of Punk-Los #173/Oct '97. Hot Wa- 
Angeles 77". ter Music, Fat Day, Los 

Tigres Guapos, Les Par- 
#163/Dec '96. The Last Sons Of tisans, The Bristols, My 
Krypton, The Prostitutes, Wig 3 Scum, The Space Shits, 
Hat, The Boys, Let It Rock, Ene- Chris of Pessimiser 
my Soil, Vulcaneers, Half Emp- Records, The Reclusives, 
ty, The Zeros, Deadcats, Teen Nick Qwik, "Pioneers of 
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The Millionaires, No-Talents, cenaries, Lickity Split, Blad- 
Blanks 77, The Hives, The Freeze, der, Piss Shivers, Barnhills. 
Chris Spedding & Other People's In/Humanity, theme issue: Ed- 
Music, Defiance, The Real McK- ucation. 
enzies, Savage Malignant, Sea 

Monsters, Dropkick Murphy s, #175/Dec'97.0neManArmy, 
Bou Sou Nezumi, "Roots of Those Unknown, Boiling Man, 
Punk-Richard Hell". Piao Chong, ExplodingCrus- 

#166/Mar '97. Walking Abor- taceans, Last Year's Youth, 
tions,Hickey, 77 Spreads, Sanity Heartdrops, Dirty Burds, 
Assassins, Cards In Spokes, Joey Dimestore Haloes, "Pioneers 
Tampon & The Toxic Shocks, of Punk: The Henchmen", 
Adjective Noun, Suicide King, Filmmaker Lech Kowalski. 
Lenguas Armadas, Trauma, De 

Crew, "Roots of Punk-Dead #176/Jan '98. The Wongs, 
Boys". Jon Cougar Concentration 




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Hey, here's a question: 
should we do another Book Your 
Own Fucking Life for next 
year? Actually, there's not enough 
time to solicit all your opinions on 
this, but suffice to say that we 
aren't sure if this remains a neces 
sary tool for independent bands 
or whether people don't really use 
the resource anymore. 

I guess what I'm asking, on 
short notice, is whether there are 
any sreiously interested groups 
who'd like to team up with us next 
year on this, but also whether the 
thing should exist at all, or wheth- 
er it should perhaps be spun off 
and run as a non-print, on-line 
only web site that could be updat- 
ed on a regular basis. 

Since time is short in decid- 
ing all this, anybody who has seri- 
ous intentions about helping out 
on this please get in touch imme- 
diately. 



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your best stuff with a wider audience), who can 
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dont have squat to say^but a good interviewer 
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Split 7\ #B044, 3 from T, 3 from GM. 

Earsplitting Wl grindcrush goes toe-to-toe 

with screaming megaton JAP hatesludge 

in a furious heavyweight free-for-all !!! 

1st 300 via mail on colored vinyl ! 

TOMSK-7 BORIS 

Split 7". #B043. 5 from T-7, 1 from Boris. 

A whirling dervish of m/f vocal AZ powerblast 

challenges massive, pounding JAP sludgecore 

to a blood-crazed cage fight to the finish !!! 

Lightning speed vs. brute force !!! 

Limited Mail and Japan/US band editions ! 

TOMSK 7 touring w/ DBE & GOB in JUL/AUG! 

ENEMY SOIL 




Split 7". #B039. 3 from ES, 10 from ANb. 

Raging VA powergrind fights the ultimate 

deathmatch with crushing light-speed Boston 

ultragrind !!! No holds barred ! 

1st 300 via mail on ltd. colored vinyl ! 



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you Snooze, You Lose. Don't order it 

Next: CATTLEPRESS/ANb split LP & ULCER CD 



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Noothgrush/deadbodieseverywhere7" 

Ice Nine/Charles Bronson 7" 

Enemy Soil/Desperate Corruption 7" 

Fork r e.p. 

Spazz/Brutal Truth 7" 

ETO/Taste of Fear 7" 

Grief/Suppression 7" 

Thug/Apartment 213 7" 

LOUD & UGLY Vol.2 comp T 



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Don't forget the oldies : Stapled Shut. V/A-Pigs Suck, Misery/As ira sh, 

Laceration/Avulsion, V7A-Start A Riot, V/A-Prototype and Revolt!!! 




0k, so maybe you didn't get their earlier 7", but you'd haue to be 
crazy not to pick this record up. This LP compiles their hard-to- 
find first tujo 7 s and split 7" (but not the one on Clean Plate) 



Rhetoric 
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one easy place. Twenty-something songs of great original luizrmnQ fUM 
hardcore close your eyes and you'll be smearing that you're ^l^Zi 
listening to some Los Crudos records with more complicated song 'M(bUB) IM-PB03 
structure and riffs. Timojhen of Uacuum says of the Clean Plate 
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other reasons for writing this letter. I re 
ceived this information from what I would 
consider to be a fairly reliable source; a 
poet named Ellen Voight, who has pub- 
lished numerous times and continues to do 
so, and would therefore have a better knowl 
edge of things like this. However, I would 
rather be certain of this myself, and hence 
would like to research this matter. The 
problem is, I don't know where to look for 
this kind of information. Where do you look 
to find out who owns what? Secondly, I 
guess it goes without saying that, at least 
as far as books go, you should support the 
small presses (the one 1 am most familiar 
with is Black Sparrow, but then again I'm 
not too familiar with this sort of thing.) Along 
these same lines, I am graduating from 
college in the spring, and am interested in 
possibly trying to start a small press of my 
own. I am looking for people who are inter- 
ested in doing the same. As 1 will be fin- 
ished with school, I have no ties to any one 
place in particular, and so I could move just 
about anywhere I felt the need to. I have no 




money to speak of (in fact 1 have a few debts 
to pay off first), but I am willing to work at 
whatever, and put most of that income into 
something I love. If you are seriously inter- 
ested in doing something like this, please 
contact me at Chris Porter/ 1 9 West Main #6/ 
Salem, VA 24153. Thanks, 
Chris 

Chris, 

The 3/17/97 issue of The Nation cov- 
ers exactly what you're talking about - who 
owns what in the book trade, and what the 
ramifications of this have been, A college 
library would have this, I bet; so wouldalotof 
other libraries. Looking at some photocopies 
from there, it seems most big publishers (9 of 
them in the US) are owned by corporations 
heavily invested in other media outlets - tv, 
magazines, newspapers, etc. Goodyear does 
not appear on the list, but companies are so 
intertwined it's possible they fit in some- 
where. (Viacom, Hearst, and Time Warner 
are examples of who is on there.) I stumbled 
across this information, and I don 't kno whow 
you'd find out this sort of stuff in general. Ask 
somebody at your school. Isn't that what 
you're there for? Jeff M. 

Hey MRR, 

Do you folks know any- 
thing about a record label called 
IFA Records? They're located in 
the Northwest (either Oregon or Wash.) and 
they ripped me off. They carry mostly emo 
stuff, but they also put out a Swingtn' Utters 
EP called More Scared, i sent for it (on CD) 
way back on July 11th, and haven't heard 
from them since. They have a decent web- 
site, but their e-mail address is apparently 
invalid since all my complaints and questions 
get sent back saying, "address unknown". I 
just wondered if anyone else has had prob- 
lems with these shysters and to warn every- 
body from doing any business with 'em. 
"Punk" rip offs suck the biggest ass! 
Swede 

^ Dear MRR, 
^^^^ I would like to publicly apol- 

^L%^ogize to the people that I ripped 
^fc^ off from my "Patches, etc." distro, 
or whatever. I owed 6 people a total 
of $77. After almost a year, I have sent back 
their full cash refunds, along with something 
to make up for it. I have apologized to them 
individually, but I feel this is necessary to 
completely make up for it. So, now, I am done 
with it all, and everyone is paid back. I am 
sorry to everyone who trusted me. 
Matt, the Anok 4u2 list patch guy 

MRR, 

jtfPfe I couldn't agree more with 

^H mPh\\ (MRR 172) in reference to 

mj^the problem of the zine Icarus 

^"^ Was Right I also sent them my 

I money ($2 + $2 airmail) and I feel I was done 

because I sent this letter last May and I 

haven't heard from those people yet. 




Nevertheless I have also sent orders 
to other places such as: Germany (Ox, 
Scumfuck, Plastic Bomb), Australia {Uzur- 
likzurli), France (Thee Knights of Trashe), 
and Italy {Speed Demon) and of course 
even the USA (MRR, Ftipside, Jersey Beat, 
Punk Planet, Tail Spins, Rational Inquirer, 
Extent, Suburban Voice, and Under The 
Volcano) and I have received all the mate- 
rial 1 asked for including a CD sampler and 
cassette. Thanks. 

As you can see there are good guys 
and bad ones. Let's hope the former are 
more than the latter. Hope to hear from you 
soon. Cheers, 

Marcos Nogueira Masciolino/ Lauro Miller 
2060/305/ c.p. 1120 - Montevideo/ Uru 
guay/ South America 



This is Ebro from Charles 
Bronson. A lot of people are 
still writing to me about stuff 
pertaining to the band and I've been 
really busy and haven't been good with 
mail, so I just want to tell everyone that 
Charles Bronson broke up in August. We 
unfortunately don't have anything that is 
recorded left over (live or otherwise) that we 
can use for a split 7", tape comp., etc. and 
we don't have any t-shirts or records left for 
sale either. Sorry to everyone that has been 
waiting for stuff for a long time, all I can say 
is that I'm getting to it. Feel free to continue 
to write about CB stuff, but please send a 
S.A.S.E. or IRC for reply, alright? Thanks, 
Ebro/ 133 Delcy Dr/ DeKalb, IL 60115 

Salut, 
| JP from Broken Ear here. 

*Vr just to let someone know that the 
*P record swap yesterday at the Ep- 
icenter was great. There was an 
impressive quantity of records from all over 
the world and it was amazing to see some 
records we hear about as references but 
that we've never or rarely seen. The prices 
were high though, but it was a question of 
digging for some little things. Punk records 
are definitely a business, but it was really a 
great opportunity, a bit like like going to a 
library (not to say a museum). I hope there 
will be some other days like this; I remem- 
ber some records swaps at Oilman almost 
10 years ago with tears in my eyes (well, 
almost). Bye for now, 
Le Bouffon/ Sacramento, CA 

Dear MRR, 

©As many of you may or 
may not know, the infamous self- 
proclaimed "hatecore" band One 
Life Crew (OLC) is once again 
attempting to push its way into the 
hardcore/punk community with their own 
brand of fascism. The band first reared its 
ugly head back in late 1995 when their 
debut album "Crime Ridden Society" was 
released by Victory Records. The majority 
of the record was filled with attacks on 



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"illegal" immi- 
grants that rival 
that of the KKK 
and the Aryan 
Nation, advocat- 
ing hatred and vi- 
olence against 
these immigrants 
under the guise of nationalism. As soon as 
this "str-HATE edge" band hit the streets it 
was met with resistance from within the 
hardcore community. The Internet proved 
to be one such location for these attacks, 
on the (at the time) still active news group 
"alt. music, hardcore". 

In the end, after the events that oc- 
curred at the Cleveland Hardcore Fest, 
Victory Records Tony Brummel publicly 
denounced One Life Grew and dropped 
them from the label. This was followed by a 
public apology for subjecting the scene to 
such fascism and violence. 

Now in late 1 997 One Life Crew has 
renewed its attempt to force its way into the 
hardcore community by way of a new record 
on Too Damn Hype Records. According to 
One Life Crew's own intense propaganda 
campaign, spearheaded by bassist "John 
Lockjaw", geared at the Revelation, Equal 
Vision, Straight Edge.com, and the now 
defunct Victory Records and East Coast 
Empire Internet message boards, the record 
is said to contain more fascist ideologies, 
hate, and violence than the previous one. 
In addition to their continued attacks 
on immigrants from their previous album, 
One Life Crew has now turned their attacks 
on homosexuals and women. 

The following quotes were taken from 
the Revelation Records message board 
and One Life Crew's own homepage 
(www.mindsphng.com/-kblake/index/htm) 
"[...]As for girls being in hardcore, here is 
the deal... some dumb girl should be at 
home learning how to cook brownies with a 
lightbulb and an easy bake oven. Girls are 
nothing but coatracks for their men at 
shows... They sell sxe t-shirts and brace- 
lets, be scene tress sluts and suck off half 
the scene. If any dumb pig wants to prove 
me wrong, find me, you'll be blowing me 
within an hour.[...f 

Along with these attacks on women 
One Life Crew has turned its hate on other 
minorities, suggesting "building concentra- 
tion camps for the handicapped and gays." 
and attacks on the poor and third-world 
countries. "[...]we are going after Louis 
Farrakan, Jesse Jackson for being a pov- 
erty pimp, the Klan for being dumb hillbil- 
lies, welfare cheats, stupid broads in hard- 
core, Emo faggots, faggots in general, the 
90's backpack hardcore hippy, and all the 
liberals.[...] [.-Fin so sick of having 28% of 
my hard earned paycheck go to pay the 
way for those who have nothing better to do 
than sit home watch Oprah, deal crack and 
talk about oppression. 

You think that's harsh, who cares. 
We need to take care of the leach problem 



in this country. We need to sterilize the 
breeders who cannot take care of them- 
selves.]...] [,..]lf I hear another kid say how 
bad he feels for the suffering of the third world 
and the poor people rotting in their rat na- 
tions, I'm gonna puke. Get over it. They lost 
life's lottery. We won, they didn't, we got loot, 
they got nothing. Are we supposed to feel 
bad? I don't have time to feel bad. Every 
second wasted on these wastes of space is 
a second lost to your selves[...]". 

If the hateful, fascist diatribes given 
here sound all too similar those usually 
pledged by the likes of Newt Gingrich, Pat 
Buchanan, and the Aryan Nation, you are all 
too right. What is worse is that One Life Crew 
presents a unique threat to our community 
because thei r threat comes within. Due to the 
increase in conservative ideals within the 
hardcore scene, One Life Crew is gaining a 
following at an alarming rate. On line they 
refer to themselves as "The Hate Squad" and 
give themselves names like "Homokilla" and 
"Aids Kills Fags Dead". This has no place 
within the hardcore/punk community what so 
ever! Punk and Hardcore originated as a 
counter-culture youth resistance movement 
to the right wing, Christian, bourgeois soci- 
ety. Hardcore, therefore, by definition of its 
tradition, cannot possibly openly embrace 
such things as liberalism or conservatism, let 
alone fascism. 

Fascists have long sought to appropri- 
ate the music of punk and hardcore to make 
their ideologies more readily available and 
attractive to alienated youth, whether it is 
One Life Crew, Tooth And Nail Records, or 
"non political (i.e. fascist by commission) 
skinheads. 

This renewed attempt at infiltration has 
to be exposed and eradicated before it takes 
root. We have to confront and stamp out 
fascism at every opportunity. If we don't, the 
consequences will be disastrous. "In Germa- 
ny they first came for the Communists and I 
didn't speak up because I wasn't a Commu- 
nist. Then they came for the Jews, and I 
didn't speak up because I was not a Jew. 
Then they came for the trade unionists, and 
I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade 
unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, 
and I didn't speak up because I was a Prot- 
estant. Then they came for me — and by that 
time no one was left to speak up." —German 
Pastor Martin Niemoller 

If you want to help contact Too Damn 
Hype Records and tell them what you think 
about One Life Crew and fascism infiltrating 
hardcore, and urge them to drop them from 
the label. Too Damn Hype toodhype 
©aol.com orphone#2126141233fax#212 
420 0904. Further, ask your local record 
stores, zines and mailorder distros to boycott 
the record and the label until they demon- 
strate accountability for their actions and 
drop One Life Crew. 

For further information and a list of Too 
Damn Hype's distributers, e-mail us at 
posicore@hotmail.com 
Positive Hardcore Alliance 



MRR: 

I am sick to death of peo- 
ple who talk about their friends 
drug use as if it's some kind of 
badge of honor or way to gain street 
cred. "A lot of my friends are on heroin... my 
best friend is on heroin and he's losing the 
battle... when your friends are on heroin, 
you start to see what life is really like..." 

Whatever. If your friends are on her- 
oin, your friends are stupid. And mentioning 
their dumb addiction does not make you 
seem more hard core or romantic or tough 
or whatever, it just makes you look like 
someone with stupid friends. 

Addiction is a terrible problem. If you 
can, help your friends get help. Or give up 
on them and get new friends. But don't 
fucking tell me about it like its some kind of 
punk point bonus multiplier. That just buys 
into and reinforces the romantic trip of a 
stupid drug. 

I'm sorry if I sound like some kind of 
straightedge orhippyorsomething, but this 
really bothers me. 
Chris, Snak Fud/ snackfood@aol.com 

^^MRR, 

fl ■ I just got the new issue 

W^M the other day and as I was look- 

^|^^ ing through it I noticed an adver- 
tisement for a "Cleveland hardcore 
video". Now I know you have a strict policy 
of no fascist material in you zine, so I am 
wonderin' how this made it in. 

The video features One Life Crew 
and Confront (among others). For those of 
you who don't know, OLC is probably the 
biggest threat to the punk/hc community 
right now because they are inside it. If you 
don't believe me check out their page (you 
share your server with them) 
www.mindspring.com/~kblake/index.htm I 
could go into listing quotes from the band 
on a variety of topics from "goi ng afte r. . . emo 
faggots, faggots in general.. .and liberals" to 
"girls are nothing but coat racks.. .if any 
dumb pig wants to prove me wrong, find 
me, you'll be blowing me within an hour." or 
you could track down a post by their bassist 
'John Lockjaw" about how he wants to set 
about "building concentration camps for the 
handicapped and gays." The fact that your 
zine has not addressed this issue already 
really worries me. Please end your silence 
on this matter and raise awareness about 
these sexist, homophobic bastards. To 
many people within the scene simply think 
One Life Crew is a joke. They need to know 
that these people are more dangerous than 
Skrewdriver or any Resistance Records 
band could ever be, because they have 
support from the right wing within the hard- 
core scene and their popularity is growing. 
Thanks for your time. 
BradenGovoni/XnogamesX@ hotmail.com 

Dear Braden, 

Thanks for pointing this out to us and 
the readers, i was unaware of the bands on 




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thecomporsome 
of their values. 
And yes, your as- 
sessment of the 
band is accurate. 
After checking 
their website, it's 
plain that they are 
fascists (no real misure of the term here!) in 
their glorification of hate, violence and fear, 
their homophobia, etc, though it seems that 
an increasing number of today's "hardcore" 
bands are cut from the same cloth. To be 
quite frank, there is nothing 'punk' about 
this band or that scene, Tim 

Ted Rail, 

I'd like to start of by saying you do 
a great article! i really enjoyed and 
related to you're article in #173, 

except for one thing "I hate 

frat boys". Now don't get me wrong I'm not 
going to cry and whine your ear off but 
merely make a few points. First I am a 
"punk" (whatever the hell that means any- 
more) from Flint, Michigan, I'm in a punk/ 
ska band and am involved with the local 
music scene AND I belong to a fraternity. I 
could be your best friend and you wouldn't 
even know it.*l will agree with you by saying 
I don't like "frat" boys, this is where you 
must distinguish the difference between a 
respectful individual in a fraternity and a 
"frat" boy. I think we all would be in trouble 
if every person hated "dirty punks", or "lazy 
immature comic book writers", etc. As we 
both know, they do, but the last thing we 
need is for intelligent individuals like our- 
selves to be sucked into making these 
unintelligent labels. Thanks for reading this 
and keep up on the good work! Please 

respond. Cold in Michigan 

Ryan 

Dear Ryan, 

Of course you're right that stereo- 
types are dangerous, and generalizations 
are merely stereotypes that don't have as 
much evidence to support them.. .but if I 
were you I'd carefully consider what being 
in a fraternity symbolizes. 

By definition hats and sororities are 
exclusive organizations—which is to say 
that not everyone is welcome to join. The 
historical purpose of college fraternal orga- 
nizations was and remains the voluntary 
self-segregation of yourself from the gen- 
eral (school) population. As a frat member, 
you decide to spend almost all of your time 
hanging out with other members of your 
frat— thus denying yourself the opportunity 
to meet the "geeks", "nerds", or whatever 
other types aren't welcome in your particu- 
lar frat 

You may respond that your frat ad- 
mits everyone who wants to join, and even 
if that's true, the perception of exclusivity is 
still the hallmark of fraternities. The very 
fact that I could use the "frat boy" stereo- 
type effectively is that most Americans 



perceive frats as being populated by snobs I 
and jocks. That perception isn't my fault, or\ 
even your fault, but it is the fault of the way\ 
most frat members act. You could be a greati 
guy, but I might not ever get to know you\ 
because you belong to an organization where 
I might not be welcome. Doesn't that really\ 
suck? 

My view is that this society is too seg-\ 
regated as it is— by race, class, gender, 
sexual orientation, etc. The last thing we\ 
need is to create further divisions, and l\ 
eagerly await the inevitable day when on- 
campus organizations that choose their mem^ 
bers are banned underthe Civil Rights Act as\ 
incompatible with ideals of equal access and\ 
fairness. Best, 
Ted 

©It was interesting to see 
your reply to Jason Useless 1 let- 
ter, I was hoping you would write 
one. I'd just like to comment on your 
remark that Oakland is "a much more racially 
integrated working class community than St. 
Louis I dare say". I grew up in San Francisco 
and had relatives that I frequently visited in 
Oakland, but I moved to St. Louis in the 
middle of high school, so I have "experience" 
with both regions. I would like to say that 
although Oakland is definitely much more 
(refreshingly, I think) racially integrated, St. 
Louis is all about working class. Just about 
every single motherfucker in St. Louis has a 
blue collar job, the whole city is basically dirt 
poor, unlike Oakland, which actually has 
many "nice" (middle class) areas (due to its 
close proximity to San Francisco, in my opin- 
ion). So, just letting you know that although 
Oakland has a more racially diverse working 
class, St. Louis has more working class. So 
don't be claiming Oakland so hard, yeah. 
Katie (katie.alsup@reed.edu) 



Dear Maximum Rock N Roll, 
1 am just writing to clear up 



\Ppj^ something written in my Colorado 
Xmmti / scene re p 0r t j n issue #173 about 
the venue Area 39. 1 would tike it to be known 
that the statement made towards them in no 
way was directed to the people who actually 
booked the shows there or a few others 
involved in the place as well. To be honest it 
shouldn't have ever appeared in the first 
place. I made astatement that they "beat the 
shit out of moshers," meaning some of the 
"bouncers," and about some of the other 
negative situations there. This was written 
after the first two or three times I went there. 
This was when they were first starting to hold 
punk shows. Then Area 39 started turning 
out to be a great place with no problems at all, 
with no more such problems and alot of fun 
to go to, with some great live acts. I wrote the 
scene report about 6 months before it was 
seen in print, and by then I had forgotten what 
it had said. I then remembered about 1 or 2 
month before it was on shelves some of the 
things contained in it, and I immediately 




I called to tell MRR not to print that material 
[for many reasons, one being the Area 39 
I comment, but obviously it was too late, the 
I article had already went to print. I was trying 
[to do good for our scene by writing it, but I 
[could have caused some harm too. I would 
I just like to give my sincere apology to all of 
[Area 39, or anyone that the comment af- 
Ifected, and to keep up the now good work. 
]' If you are in the Denver area, go to a show 
[there! 

There was also a lot of changes since 
I the scene report printed, but there isn't 
I room for all of them here, so I'll just mention 
(that some great zines I forgot to mention 
I were Punk Rag and tntox, and that the new 
jPinhead Circus album is extremely good. 
I Look for a new scene report in a year or so. 
[Thanks again for all of your time! Sincerely, 
I Taylor Nowhere/ Going Nowhere fanzine/ 
I Taynowhere @ aol.com 



MRR, 

This letter is directed to 

Jessica Allen, through MRR in 

regards to her letter in issue 

#173. 
I'm a convicted felon, currently resid- 
ing in a correctional facility in Ohio. I was 
sentenced twelve months for the vicious 
crime of wahooing a case of beer. I'm not in 
any way writing this to cry or plead my 
innocence because I'm guilty as hell! What 
I'm writing this for is to maybe understand 
just what rock this Jessica crawled out from 
under?! 

I'm assuming that you (Jessica) are 
referring your pathetic opinion toward the 
rapists, murderers, pedophiles, & the rest 
of Satan's minions I now reside with. Al- 
though under different circumstances 
there's a good chance I or anyone else 
could fall within one of these categories, 
makes me empathize with them to a certain 
point. You feel we should no access to 
education, exercise, or even hygiene. Do 
you realize that these people (me) will get 
out sooner or later? If you had it your way, 
you'd be the next in line for my homosexual, 
crackhead bunkie to rob! Why, you ask? 
Well you see he's a product of his environ- 
ment, he doesn't have any type of educa- 
tion, morals, or standards. With the few 
programs they have here, he may actually 
walk out of here with some skills, a sense of 
self-importance, & he may not have the 
need to hurt anyone else. Apparently you're 
quite simple, people make mistakes & they 
call these institutions "corrections & reha- 
bilitation^. Also, no matter what crime I 
committed, how can you possibly tell me t 
can't brush my fucken teeth! ! ! 

Jeff M. made an excellent point about 
the wages we earn within these fences. I 
only make 600 a day, work like a dog, & get 
enough money to buy soap to wash my ass. 
The best part about it is, maybe someone 
will learn some ethics through it all! 

One last thing. About your statement 
of people not wanting to rock the boat & lose 



their cushiony 
lives. Get a fuck- 
en backbone! 
People must walk 
all over you, what 
do you say, how 
about a money 
order? A convict- 
ed beer stealer, 

JimPierce314-012/POBox540/St.Clairs- 
ville, OH 43950 

P.S. To the guy who Wrote the col- 
umn "Rail Deal". For your friend in Noble, 
jumping papers is not a good idea, but I'll 
hang out with you down in Austin long 
enough to then go squat in Amsterdam. I'm 
out of here in December, so get in touch. 



AMRR- 
Haven't written in a while. Jen'j 
plea for fetters inspired me. 
I've got to agree with the 
guy who wrote complaining about BY- 
OFLt— it is a joke, a pathetic representation 
of our scene. I don't know a single band 
who's used it more than once (they usually 
learn from their mistakes), and hell, the 1 De- 
listings I sent in for my "whole scene" (I did 
the work) didn't even get printed. And dis- 
gustingly, my beloved hometown of Reno, 
Nevada is not represented at all. Funny, 
cuz I sent it by mail and email, just to make 
sure it made it OK. I don't know the solu- 
tion—it's the whole scene's fault that BY- 
OFL sucks. Maybe someone should ac- 
tively seek out & maintain a punk rock 
phonebook. 

Get all the good bands in there cuz 
we all know they're too lazy or busy to write 
in themselves. As far as promoters go, 
though, I'm not sure I want myself listed 
anymore — I only do 2-3 shows per month 
but I get asked to do around 1 5. 1 have a life 
outside of punk rock, believe it or not. There 
are way too many bands touring. Please, 
practice at home 'til you're great! Then hit 
the road. I may sound like an asshole but 
I'm really not — if you were in my shoes 
you'd understand. All aside, I've got to 
send sincere apologies to all who sent a 
tape looking for shows (or for 702) and 
have never received a response. There's 
just too many of you. So many, in fact, that 
the cruddy tapes can bury the good ones! 
Case in point: Burn Witch Burn for Rich- 
mond. Rockin' band, but I didn't even know 
they had sent me their tape when I saw 
them play an ill-organized show and asked 
them why they didn't contact me! 

This summer I toured Europe with 
Scared of Chaka, and after seeing the 
scene over there, I'm embarrassed at ours. 
Those kids are way more organized - to- 
gether they make stuff happen and can 
effectively stand up to the bad guys (cops, 
landlords, etc.) The squat scene rs fucking 
amazing. BYOFL should have listings for 
every single one of them! ! Cheers to all who 
helped— we'll be back in the spring '98. 

I was relieved to read Mykel Board's 



column in MRR 173—1 knew his anti-bike 
column in 1 72 had to be a joke. I was a little 
confused though, and as I read it I seriously 
checked my calendar three times, thinking it 
was a little hot to be April. Til next time, 
Pete/Stickerguy/ PO Box 204/ Reno, NV 
89504 

P.S. Kill Kevin Jones. Listen to Turbon- 
egro. Worship Dystopia. 

P. P.S. Some friends and I have started 
a co-op record store in Reno. It's advertised 
in here under Rez Mailorder. So, we are #3 
in the USA, right? (The only other volunteer 
type stores I know of are Epicenter [SF] & 
Extreme Noise [MN]). Come say hi if you're 
in town. 

§MRR, 
As for ditching BYOFLife. I would 
hate to see it go, but since I'm per- 
•::::■ sonally not offering up any help for 
typing a new issue I can't really com- 
plain. But I have personally used it for tours 
to, among other places, Thailand, Israel, and 
the Philippines. It would suck ass for me to 
lose that kind of resource. However, a regu- 
larly updated www version could work. Most 
people can use a computer for free through 
library, friends, or school, so alienation might 
not be too much of a problem. I'm sorry I don't 
really have any suggestions but I wanted to 
say something on the matter. 
Craig, Your Mother/ PO Box 623/ Pleasan- 
ton, CA 94566/ USA 



r-^ th 



To MRR, 

Thank you for reviewing 

the Larry 7" in issue #174. Al- 
though it was a good review, I 
think the reviewer, Tom Hopkins, was a bit 
uninformed, unaware, or confused. Larry is 
not a band, it is my solo project. I play all the 
instruments on the 7". There is a 1/4 page 
insert included with the 7" that explains that. 
I assume Tom didn't read the insert because 
his review refers to my music as "they" (plu- 
ral — more than one person) instead of "he" 
(singular— one person). Also, the album is 
self-titled as "Larry". Nowhere on the cover 
does it say "Berkeley Scenester Scum". Tom 
thought "Berkeley Scenester Scum" was the 
title of the record. "Berkeley Scenester Scum" 
is listed on the back of the record as the first 
song. I know my complaints are a bit petty 
and small, but mistakes like this wouldn't 
happen if MRR reviewers were required to 
spend more time and concentration listening 
to as well as visually observing the records 
they review. Thanks, 

Larry Jackson/ PO Box 1835/ Seattle, WA 
981 1 1 

| Larry, 

You're right! I am very confused Once I 
/ walked all over San Francisco with my\ 
shoes on the wrong feet. Even though my\ 
feet hurt I couldn't figure it out. That evening, \ 
however, a friend pointed it out to me. Whew. 
It's not easy being confused. Later, 
Tom 




I Dear Larry, 

First, your 'album' is a 7". And when 
I there is no obvious title to a T\ we list the 
I first song on a Aside as the title so that 
I people seeking the record can identify it 
j when they come across it. And, yes, it 
I would be great if I could "require" all MRR 
I reviewers to spend copious amounts of 
I time doing all their MRR tasks and not 
J 'waste' time at their jobs, relationships, 
I bands, zines, etc. Thanks for the idea, I'm 
I sure they'll all be thrilled... 
I T/m 

Yo, Maximum, in the house and 
all that! 

Just writing to say the 
"Stratford Mercenaries" (issue 
1 74) was one of the best inter- 
views I have read in a long time. Steve 
Ignorant, what a decent geezer, in a no 
holds barred interview. There I was in Lon- 
don, sitting on a tube reading MR&R ,when 
a hand came , out the magazine a grabbed 
me by the throat-saying "listen to this punk". 
No, seriously, there ain't many people out 
there who form a band for two months, then 
decide to go and play in America. Sponta- 
neity - more of it. 

Steve Ignorant hit the nail right on the 
head when he says there isn't a punk scene 
in Britain anymore — especially London. I 
lived in a town in Devon years ago and 
when the rare thing called a "punk gig" 
came along, that's all it was, get pissed, 
meet up with fellow punkers, at the gig. 
"Yeah how's it going," "Nice to see you," 
"See you at the next one, eh?" 

One point he makes, "We're not go- 
ing to play England." Mistake me if I am 
wrong, but somebody called the Stratford 
Mercenaries played East London with Blyth 
Power and Zounds in September. Nit and 
lice picking aside, you have made me want 
to go out and get involved with things, being 
33 and nearly a pipe and slippers man. So 
cheers, 
Steve Kingett/ South West England 

Dear MRR, 

I must first admit that I 
really haven't read MRR since 
they raised the price. This is not 
because I am of offended by the publica- 
tion's anti-corporate stance, not because I 
am formally boycotting the publication, but 
because up until now I've really only been 
able to pay for it on pocket change 

In regards to the "Education Special 
Issue", I am lucky to have a partner in crime 
that can provide me with such pleasantries 
from time to time (plus my name is men- 
tioned, so there). I couldn't help but find 
myself wondering: Would the issue actually 
inspire people to educate themselves? 

I can easily say of myself that I be- 
lieve education to be liberating— indeed I'd 
be lying to say that books haven't changed 
my life, but probably like many people, I 
didn't really feel the need to read anything 





beyond various 
columns and the 
Stratford Merce- 
naries interview. 
Why? Most of the 
commentary ap- 
peared to deal 
solely with the task 
of being a teacher, a figurehead that most 
likely appears outwardly coercive to most 
punks. 

personally see teachers as being 
like Karl Marx was to the First Internation- 
al—a professional and a vanguardist. in all 
my years on this planet, I can honestly say 
to myself that public schooling left me feel 
ing cheated — I had never learned that the 
Wobblies were anarcho-syndicalists, that 
Stalin was anti-Semitic or even what the 
4th Amendment was! In fact, I am enrolled 
in college and still feel that I am being 
cheated. The rest of my life is being deter- 
mined by my performance, a performance 
I feel I am incapable of, much like you 
cannot play soccer on a hill. I do not feel 
that I can grow in the typical classroom 
setting. 

No matter how radical a teacher may 
slant, they are trying to vote out poverty- 
the entire institution must be subverted 
before some things can become a relevant 
agent of progress. Many students that I 
know are unreasonably bored with the stat- 
ic nature of the teacher/student relation- 
ship because it generally requires a top- 
down hierarchy in which, almost inevitably, 
the beholder is on the bottom. Let us sup- 
pose. that a student was to walk into a 
classroom taught by Penny Rimbaud; years 
of preconditioning and social internaliza- 
tion will most likely insure that the students 
feel (whether subconsciously or not) inferi- 
or to Mr. Rimbaud. 

It is my opinion (I'm frying to be con 
structive) that the issue should have of- 
fered new ideas and means for education 
instead of relying on the current means 
Look around you — obviously the current 
means of education are sad failures; why 
attempt to reproduce them under a new 
label? Maximum Rock N Roll has lots of 
influence and people who deny it are imbe 
ciies. Why can't this influence be used to 
create something new in the punk move- 
ment? Even though my name is mentioned 
(and I've read many of the books listed), I 
think the book list was a smart idea— why 
not expand on it? Why not spend more than 
a couple of pages on it? The book list had 
many flaws, I think (primarily its limited 
amount of subjects) but it was no doubt a 
very good start. 

So was the issue successful in its 
attempts? I am inclined to both agree and 
disagree. It was successful in that perhaps 
it will make education more viable in punk 
dialogue and show how positive education 
can be. However, it failed in that it didn't 
fully display how education is ultimately 
autonomous from the institution of school 




ing. Which, I suspect, will negate the pur- 
pose. 

This is not to say that the issue was of 
intentions, quite the contrary is true. I'm full 
of great contempt when f ponder how stupid 
and apathetic many punks can truly be while 
they brandish a delusion of being "caring" 
and "concerned." I do so despise such rub- 
bish and was originally glad to hearthat I was 
not atone in this standpoint. 

apologize if I seem overly critical. 
Primarily because saying "everything sucks" 
generates little more than isolation and futil- 
ity if no alternative is offered. Therefore, I 
want to reiterate that while the issue failed to 
analyze and suggest alternatives, it still had 
intentions good enough to at least safeguard 
the potential. Ni Dieu Ni Matre, 
Brad Suspicious 

Hey good people at MRR! 

Micke from Frank records 
in Sweden here! I have a com- 
ment on the review of the Electric 
Frankenstein/ Hellacopters 7" split on 
our label in issue #174. It was a great review 
and we're really glad you liked it Shane, but 
you missed an important thing... you never 
gave any credits to Frank Records, only to 
Intensive Scare. 

Intensive Scare was unfortunately on 
the cover with their logo but they backed out 
of the deal just when we had the cover 
printed! So we thought that we'd just enclose 
a leaf let that clearly says that Intensive Scare 
Records backed out... Well for us this is the 
biggest release so far and when someone 
like MRR (biggest punk zine in the world...) 
doesn't give us any credit for a release that's 
totally ours, it's not just a scratch., it's a 
goddamn Tyson punch right in our face. I 
mean we're small, underground as hell and 
barely got money to release things... we 
need ail the help we can get. So please 
correct this in next issue... Cheers! 
Micke Hyman, Frank Records/ PO Box 103/ 
S-771 23 Ludvika/ Sweden 

^^^^_ Felix Von Havoc, 
T^^B^T l enjoyed your debut col- 

\| 11/ umn (it brought back a lot of 
\^B^ memories) but I have to dis- 
^^ agree with your contention that 
MRR is now the establishment. Sure it's 
established but MRR has always covered 
whatever is the current form of rebellious 
rock 'n' roll + evolved with the times. Yeah, 
MRR has covered a lot of bands that have 
gone on to mainstream success but to their 
credit the coverage came when there was 
still some potency + urgency left in those 
bands and when it becomes apparent that a 
band is motivated by money + fame, MRR 
drops them like a hot potato and makes a 
point to expose them for the greedy bastards 
that they are. 

Besides, do you think the type of bands 
that gets covered now (Candy Snatchers 
the Hookers, Nashville Pussy, etc.) will ever 
have a video on MTV? / think fucking not! 



They'd have to be neutered first! 

As for MRR being less political than it 
once was (I have to agree that it is), I think 
it's a good thing. I think that a good balance 
between politics and music has been 
achieved. I'm gladyou don't see as many 
bands that are overtly political because a) 
they're no fucking fun - who wants to be 
preached to? and b) I know what my polit- 
ical beliefs are, + 1 don'tfeel like I needto be 
constantly reminded of them. The last time 
I checked, this rag was called Maximum 
Rock'n'roll, not Maximum Riot'n'UnrestW 
you want more politics, go read Anarchist 
Circle Jerk or something. I want to find out 
about bands that will knock me on my ass, 
not about some workers' uprising that hap- 
pened 1 00 years ago, or even worse, polit- 
ical philosophy,for cryin' out loud! It seems 
fucking silly to me, these things seem to me 
to have little or nothing to do with everyday 
life. 

The only part of M RR that is politically 
useful and interesting to me is Nathan Berg's 
corporate know-who. (Three cheers to 
Nathan!) It is well-written and is actually 
relevant to life in the USA in 1 997. Oh well, 
1 983 is long gone, there's no use in wishing 
it was still here. Anyway, like I said, I did 
enjoy your column but I think MRR is still a 
vital publication and is a long way from the 
establishment." Sincerely, 
Tim Lakritz/ 3301 W. Normandale #1064/ 
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Felix Havoc is boring. He 
is stuck in the eighties like 
some punks are stuck in the 
seventies and like the deadheads 
are stuck in the sixties and rockers in the 
fifties, etc. Punk rock is all about creating 
something new. It's about living in the 
present. It's about reality. Felix has a sick 
sentimental longing for his youth. Grow up 

guy- 

The 90's are a great time to be inter- 
ested in hardcore. Not only do we have the 
recordings of past great bands, but we have 
lots new bands making excellent music, 
Check out Suppression, Excruciating Ter- 
ror, Spazz, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, etc. 
Hardcore is better than ever. Even Code 
1 3. They played my town this summer and 
they were great. Does Mr. Havoc think that 
his own band sucks? 

In ten years time there will be people 
who will be crying about how much they 
miss the glorious '90s, whilst the real punks 
will be listening to new music!! 
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TOP FIFTY REASONS WHY I HAD MY 
BLONDE HAIR BUZZED OFF IN LIEU OF 

A FLATTOP THAT IS PRETTY MUCH 
BACK TO MY NORMAL FUDGY BROWN 
COLOR EXCEPT FOR LITTLE OUTCROP- 
PINGS OF LEFTOVER BLONDENESS 
ALONG THE PERIPHERY OF THE 
HIGHER FOLLICULAR ALTITUDES 
1. PUSSY. Obviously, the coolest hair 
color to have is black, not blonde or brown. 
However, every non-black- haired moron who 
dyes their hair black looks like a TOTAL fuck- 
ing nincompoop, and, worse yet, sometimes 
you're supposed to, like, look these people in 
the eye or in the hair or whatever and talk to. 
them without snickering, like you actually are 
taking what they say somewhat seriously or 
something. Dying one's brown hair blonde, 
then chopping o/ f the blonde parts tells chicks 
"yes, i have a problem. However, I'm not so busted 
up by my own uncoolness that i'm resorting to the 
El Dolto approach of trying to make myself look 
suave by dyeing my hair black and coming across 
about as cool as Bobby Brady or similar giddy tzvit, 
so, wha t the hell at least i know my limitations, lay 
met" Yes, chicks dig a dork that can be strong 
in the face of ad versify, and the only thing that 
could stop me from plucking the babes like an 
orchard of vine ripened double-X cantaloupes 
is the possibility of alien invasion by sentient, 
rampantly-reproducing turkey nuggets as 
outlined in MRR #175. Furthermore, ZZZPP- 
STT! BzAAppp! FrZZtt!!! BzzTIT! SkzvEEH! 
attention humanS. do not be alarmeD (yeT). i 
am turkuloR, imperiaL commandeR of the 
alien invasion forces currently making their 
summeR residence in reV. norB's icebox 
(agaiN, as outlined in mrR #175). aS with all 
other sentient life-forms in the galaxY (except 
the britS), we of planet nuguluS 9 speak amer- 
icaN, with the only syntactic variance being 
that we put our capitaL letterS at the endS of 
words, unlike yoU BasS-ackwardS meat-blobs, 
which is why eartH will eventually falL to the 
glorious, colon-cleansing invaderS fromp leas- 
ant and hard-working nuguluS 9!!! wE have 
decided that this twiT has leaked qUITE 
enough datA regarding our presence here on 
eartH, and are pre-empting his fudgY browN 
asS with some minD-controL messages of our 
owN. wE inform you of this because wE have 
noticed you earthlinG punK rockerS are so 
prone to mindlesS obediencE that it actually 
wILL nOT mATTER if you know you are 
being blatantly assaultea with propagandA 
messages or not, so fucK iT. wE nave ob- 
served, from our frigid outposT next to the 
microwaveablE pancakeS and sausagE, that 
onE of your lesS-lamE planetmen, "fifl whO 
useD tO bE iN teengeneratE" by name, has 
formed a new band called thE tweezerS, who 
perform nOT in the kamikazE garagE-punK 
style of his prior combO, but in an oft-ma- 



ligned, sometimes-briefly-popular, occasion- 
ally verging-on-extinct, and generally under- 
appreciated musical vein known as "poweR 
poP." whilE thE band's album, "ahead Y!," is 
no threaT to the yuM-yumS' "sweeT aS can- 
dY" LP for "poweR por albuM oF thE yeaR" 
honors, the fact that it was emitted by thEguY 
whO nseD tO weaR thEfrickinG dOG cOLLAR 
iN teengeneratE indicates that poweR poP can 
no longer be ignored and / or chained up in the 
attiC and fed a bucket offish heads a week like 
barT simpson'S evil siamesE twiN by punK 
rock'S governinG bodieS such as earth S punK 
instructioN manuaL maximiiMrocKNrolL. iT is 
the opinion of the nuguluS 9 invasioN partY, 
inC, that, when confronted with the now-un- 
ignorable re-emergence of poweR poP as a 
perceivedly viable form of rocK actioN (how- 
eveR temporarY), the mrR chiefS-oF-stafF will 
do one or two thingS: 2) banisH poweR poP 
from the "typeS oF musiC contributors arE 
alloweD tO writE abouT" lisT, or 1) publisH a 
series of articles entitled "thE rootS oF poweR 
poP" which, if past performance on topics like 
f 'thE 100 besT albuM coverS oF alL timE" is 
any indication, would be sO fUCKING 
wRONG anD sO wRONGLY fUCKED that 
we would have to detonatE our jillioN-mega- 
toN "asS-nukeR marK VI" turkogeN warheaD 
right the fuck theN and therE and fUCK the 
slavE laboR penS (eR, you didn't hear thaT). 
iN any event, our eventual masteR plaN for 
invasioN revolves around your rocK commu- 
nity becoming briefly enamored with some of 
nuguluS 9's outstandinG locaL bandS, such as 
"nuggethawK," "thE tribblEmeN," and 
"spaceshitS UK," at which time you will glad- 
ly allow us the freE ruN of your homelanD (i 
meaN, it worked for the britisH invasioN, and 
tHEY didn't even speak americaN), unfortu- 
natelY, your culturE is not yet at the stagE 
where you are ready to embracE our great 
scenE [ouR bands are superior to earth'S since, 
by imperiaL decreE, 18 monthS after a band is 
deemed "cooL," they are rounded up and 
publicly slaughtereD] [actuallY, i guess that's 
no different from americA], so it is in our besT 
interests to speeD you through your planet's 
quite predictablE musical fadS and fancieS as 
quickly as nugulY possiblE (i meaN, samE- 
olD-samE-olD: somebodY learns a reaL kidS 
cover, and it's cooL, and no one careS. theN 
other people learn reaL kidS covers, and sTILL 
nobody cares. theN, for no apparent reason 
other than "iTcauehToN/'eVERYBODY starts 
learning reaL kidS covers, and then for the 
next twentY eartH years, you gotta put up 
with the same yo-yoS who didn't care about 
reaL kidS covers when reaL kidS covers were 
cool playing reaL kidS covers aYid acting like 
they re cooL for doing sO. wE of nuguluS9 are 
nOT known for our patience in these matterS. 
iF you currently know a reaL kidS cover, yoU 
arE cooL. iF you dON'T, don't bother learning 
onE. wE will be telling you what songS to 
cover shortlY. iT will be fasteR and more effi- 
cienT this waY [wE nugulanS do not consider 
the reaL kidS "poweR poP," by the way, we 
see them as treading some type of lanD-O- 
tainT betwixt poweR poP and punK rocK. sO 
therE] [anD, so there is nO confusioN, when 
we say "poweR poP," wE mean a modifieD 
posT-sixtieS americanizatioN of earlY sixtieS 
merseybeaT, which itself was a modified post- 
fiftieS englisH-kA-zatioN of fiftieS americaN 



r&R/r&B (thE eartH leeend says that the ef- 
fulgence of britisH beaTbandS that sprung up 
around the merseY riveR in the 60'S was due to 
merseY-dockinG sailorS bringing back the lat- 
est heP vinyl from the us A. yeaH whateveR}. 
thiS musical form enjoyed a spurT (morE jokes 
like that lateR} of mainstream popularity from 
1979-1981 {primarily on the coat-tailS of the 
hugely popular knacK} and also served as a 
stopgaP measure of sorts to contemporaneous 
punkeR types who, finding themselves in a 
posT-70'S-punK/prE-80'S-hardcorE musical 
dead spot, really had little other choice but to 
take an interest in the poweR poP thanG til 
something better emergeD. notablE poweR 
poP bands of the last teN eartH yearS include 
the figgS | whO rule, and are no longer on a 
majoR IabeL, so therE}, the smithereenS {whosE 
first album is oK, but, all in all, were an awfuL 
damN annoyancE and sucked livE}, and mate- 
riaL issuE {whO bite totallY, buT don't you 
wonder how many times that guY got his dicK 
sucked for writing the line 'i donT neeD a 
girlfrienD, ineeDanaccomplicE"?}]). mosT pow- 
eR poP albums of the 79-'81 skinn Y tiE er A are 
presently considered essentially valueless and 
can be found for cheaP in the "geT thesE thE 
fucK ouT oF herE" bins at your local useD 
vinyL emporiuM; to facilitate brief interludes 
of shoppinG pleasurE before we exterminatE 
you like the vermiN you arE, our humaN 
minD-slavE will now downloaD all relevant 
datA regarding his latE 70'S/earlY 80'S pow- 
eR poP collectioN (oH, here's the standarD 
prE-skinnY-HE 70'S poweR poP catechism: 
blaH blaH blaH raspberries and badfingeR 
blaH blaH flamiN' groovieS move to englanD 
blaH blaH bomP records blaH cheaP tricK 
blaH blaH the nerveS blaH biG'staR aleX 
chiltoN blaH), includinG how much you 
should feel comfortable paying for these stu- 
piD records which usually only have like onE 
to threE good songs on 'eM, whaT sonG your 
crappY banD should coveR (wE nugulanS are 
aLREAD Y indignant over the f acT that none of 
your jivE-asS eartH rockerS seem to be able to 
coveR any rosE tattoO song other than "nicE 
boyS"), anD, wherE applicable, how these 
records relate to our minD-slave'S peniS. enD 
transmissioN. ZZZPPSTT! BzAAppp! 
FrZZtt! !! BzzTIT! SkwEEU! ...hmm, i sud- 
denly feel the strangest compulsion to make 
known all relevant data on my collection of 
Skinny Tie Era Power Pop records. How odd. 
Could it be something i ate? (all records are 
LPs unless duly indicated) THE A'S • s/t ($4, 
1979) Skinny Ties: 1 out of 5 members. Suitcoats: 
2 Berets: 1 Saddle shoes: lpair. Song You Shoidd 
Cover: "Teenage Jerk Off Scienti-Pact: The first 
side almost totally sucks; the second side is 
pretty much great. Song most relevant to my 
penis: Oh, GEE, i haven t a clue (hint: it's not 
"Grounded/Twist and Shout Interpolation") 
• "A Woman's Got The Power" (25*, 1981) 
Suitcoats: 3 Skinny Ties: None Flat chested girls 
drinking milk: 1 Stupid motherfucker still xuearing 
the same pair of lame saddle shoes: 1 Song you 
should cover: The vast majority of these bands 
were signed to two record deals; the first al- 
bums were usually recorded quickly and 
cheaply, thus do not suck; the follow-up LPs 
were usually recorded not quickly and not 
cheaply, thus do NOT not suck. As is the case 
here. Saenti-fact: Photography by Hubert 
Kretzschmar! ! ! THE (PAUL COLLINS) BEAT 



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• s/t ($4, 1979) Suitcoats: 1 Striped shirts: 1 
(horizontal) Skinny ties: None Sowg you should 
cover: The first album is sort of a classic, and, 
you will probably want to be a hipster and 
cover something off a more obscure record 
because you are so, you know, cool. If not, 
Jesus, above all else, DON'T cover "Rock NRoll 
Girl!!!" Whattaya, nuts? Scienti-fact: This is the 
only record known to me that has the song 
lengths timed out to tenths of a second. "Rock 
N Roll Girl" clocks in at 2:16.8. Please make a 
note of it. Song most relevant to my penis: "I 
Don't Fit In" • "The Kids Are The Same" ($2, 
1981) Song you should cover: "Will You Listen," 
which is, conveniently, the only good song. 
Scienti-fact: If you cover the incredibly lame 
title track, i will punch you. That song is so 
pandering and horseshit (i don't know much 
about them there pol-lee-tics — but i apparently 
know enough to tell YOU what to do!) it makes 
John Cougar Mellencamp look like Patti Smith. 
Ugh, there's a thought. • "To Beat Or Not To 
Beat" mini-LP ($1, 1983) Suitcoats, Skinny Ties, 
etc.: At this point in their careers, who the fuck 
cares how they dressed? Song most relevant to 
my penis: Sadly, there is no title track. THE 
ClCHLIDS • "Be True To Your School" ($4, 
1980) Striped shirts: 1 Chicks in weird checkered 
clothes: 1 RC Cola belts: 1 Sweatbands: ISongyou 
should cover: "Bubble Gum/' I'm tellin'ya, this 
is a monster chick-punk hit!!! Scienti-fact: Gui- 
tarist shares surname with guitarist of Mr. T 
Experience. Song most relevant to my penis: "14 
or Fight" DIRTY LOOKS • s/t ($5, 1980) 
Suitcoats: 1 Skinny ties: 3 of 3 Song you should 
cover: "Let Go" or "They Got Me Covered" 
Scienti-fact: The fat bass player is actually not 
Garth from "Orgasm Addict" era Buzzcocks, 
as i once stated. Huh, stand them fat bass 
players on their head and they all look the 
same... THE FOOLS • "Sold Out" ($2.50, 1980) 
Suitcoats: 2 of 5 Skinny ties: 1 of 5 Striped shirts: 
1 horizontal, 2 vertical Song you should cover: 
"Night Out" Scienti-fact: The only bandmem- 
bers who appear heterosexual are the two 
guys in the vertically striped shirts. Adjust 
wardrobe accordingly. GREAT BUILDINGS 
• s/t ($3, 1981) Suitcoats: 4 for 4 Blonde chicks in 
red dresses: 5 Lamps: 2 Son% you should cover: 
"...And The Light Goes On® bong most relevant 
to my penis: "Hold On To Something" Scienti- 
fact: One/ some of these guys became the Rem- 
brandts, who did the theme song to Friends, a 
TV show i have never seen. THE JAGS • 
"Evening Standards" ($4, 1980) Suitcoats: 4/4 
Ties of inappropriate width: 2, not counting the 
bolo tie, fucking Limeys. Song you should cover: 
"Ba ck Of My Hand" is sort of the hit, so "Wom- 
an's World" might be cooler. Song most rele- 
van t to my penis: if i was double jointed, i guess 
"Back Of My Hand" would work. GREG 
KIHN BAND • s/t ($they pay you, 1976) 
Dumb looking rock guys standing in front of music 
stores with their guitars: I • "Greg Kihn Again" 
(15c, 1977) Skinny Ties: None VW Beetles: 1. 
Gotta love that East Bay! • "Next Of Kihn" 
($2.50, 1978) Ties of inappropriate width: 1, but 
no Volkswagens. Song you should cover: If you 
cover "Cold Hard Cash," i'll pat you on the 
back; if you cover "Museum," i'll kiss you. 
Even if you're Chaz! Song most relevant to my 
penis: "Chinatown" • "With The Naked Eye'' 
(99c, 1979) Striped shirts: 1 Voxx Teardrop basses: 
1 Song you should cover: "Roadrunner," which 
is itself a) a Modern Lovers cover; b) the best 



car song ever written (and penned by a fuck- 
ing total NERD, too! Put that in your nitro- 
burning drag-punk underground and smoke 
it!); and c) one of the best songs ever written, 
period. If you are unfamiliar with "Roadrun- 
ner," you have way worse problems than fig- 
uring out what power pop songs your band 
should learn in lieu of 'Hey Suburbia," er, i 
mean "Brand New Chevy," er, "Savage," 
uh...well, you know what i mean... • "RocKih- 
nRoil" ($3, 1981) Striped shirts: 1 Voxx Teardrop 
guitars: 1 Song you should cover: "Valerie" Song 
most relevant to my penis: "Can't Stop Hurtin' 
Myself" THE KNACK • "Get The Knack" ($5, 
1 979) Skinny ties: 4 of 4 (back cover only) Really 
lame disco vests: 4 of 4 (front cover only) Songs 
about getting action: 3 Songs about NOT getting 
action: 4 Songs about shooting heroin or Buddy 
Holly covers: 2 Scienti-fact: The first time i hearcl 
"My Sharona," i thought they were singing 
"M-M-M-Mice Roller! M-M-M-Mice Roller r 
Song most relevant to my penis: "Frustrated" 
Song you should cover: This is one of the Top 20 
albums of all time and is therefore beyond 
your reach, little man • "...But The Little Girls 
Understand" ($2, 1980) Skinny ties: 4 (inner- 
sleeve) Song you shoidd cover: Hold On Tight 
And Don't Let Go" Scienti-fact: I am almost as 
bored with this as you are • "Round Trip" ($2, 
1981) Skinny ties: < 4 Song you should cover: 
"Boys Go Crazy" Scienti-fact: If this record 
wasn't meant to be an intentional reincarna- 
tion of the Monkees "Headquarters" LP, i'll 
snort Lik-M-Aid. GARY MYRICK & THE 
FIGURES • s/t ($3, 1980) Guys wearing verti- 
cally strived shirts: Guys who don't look like 
flaming homosexuals: Song you should cover: 
"Living Disaster," which Boris covered for our 
first two years of existence until we woke up 
one day and noticed our vertically striped 
shirts were missing. NIKKI & THE COR- 
VETTES • s/t(backinprint!1980)Mflfc/«H£z>- 
neck horizontally striped shirts: 3 of 3 Doable: < 3 
Song you should cover: Fuck you, i told you to 
cover the Cichlids, asshole! Song most relevant 
to my penis: "Boys Boys Boys." Hey! Stop that! 
THE NOW • s/t ($4, 1979) Skinny -tie-to-tie-of - 
inappropriate-widthratio: 1:1 Horizontally-striped- 
shirt-to-skaggy-blonde-rock-trash-chick-with-Har- 
ley-belt-buckle ratio: 1:1 Song you should cover: "I 
Wanna Go Steady With You" Song most rele- 
vant to my penis: "Flex Your Muscle" Scienti- 
fact: Shane White is a big fan of this band, but, 
to my knowledge, none of the members have 
ever performed nude. OFF BROADWAY • 
■''($4, 1979) Suitcoats: 3/5 Striped shirts: 1 



'On' J , 

Lowercase Gill Sans Italic: Plenty Times i went to 
go see this band in the 80's: 1 Times they showed up: 
Times my band played with a reunited version of 
this band in the 90' s: 1 Times i spent the entire set 
calling them names for not showing up in 1982: 1 
(it was really great the time they didn't play, 
there was, like, a riot, and people were tearing 
up the lobby and shit, and one rioter rips this 
framed watercolor off the lobby wall, and the 
mob starts passing it overhead, and i'm kinda 
not really rioting or anything, because, fuck, 
this band only had one good song anyway, 
what's there to riot about, and right when the 
big framed watercolor passes over my head, 
the cops bust in to defend the property rights 
of the landed gentry, or whatever, and the 
mob splits, and, for what seems like an eterni- 
ty, i have this big framed and glassed water- 
color painting precariously balancing on my 



head. The cops watch it fall off and hit the 
floor, then i split too) Song you should cover: 
"Full Moon Turn My Head Around," a total 
fucking classic. Go figure. • "Quick Turns" (5*, 
1980) Pat guys with bad haircuts: 1 THE ONLY 
ONES • ^Special View" ($4, 1979) Scienti-fact: 
I traded this album for AC/DC's "Let There Be 
Rock," but "Another Girl Another Planet" is 
still a good song. Song you shoidd cover: Since 
both "Another Planer and (non-LP) "Oh No!" 
have been done to death, i say "City of Fun," 
The Celibate Rifles already did it, but i won't 
tell if you won't. Song most relevant to my penis: 
"The Beast" • "Baby's Got a Gun" ($2, 1980) 
Eyeliner: Unfortunately. Song most relevant to 
my penis: "Strange Mouth" THE OUTLETS • 
split ep w/ Boys Life ($6, 1980) Song you should 
cover: "Knock Me Down," that's a f ricking 

fern. Scienti-fact: The old lame Massachusetts 
and "Boys Life" should not be confused with 
the current lame Kansas City band of the same 
name. • "Bright Lights" b/w "Best Friends" 
($3, 1982) Song you should cover: Hint — not 
"Bright Lights." Actually, Down By Law did 
"Best Friends," so fuck it. Scienti-fact: This 
band doesn't have too bad a rep considering 
they only wrote like two good songs before 
they turned into Loverboy . PEARL HARBOR 
AND THE EXPLOSIONS • s/t ($1, 1980) 
Chicks gross enough to make one re-think the whole 
"stripes are good philosophy: 1 Song you should 
cover: "Shut Up And Dance" Scienti-fact: ONE 
GOOD SONG ALERT! ONE GOOD SONG 
ALERT! Song most relevant to my penis: "Get a 
Grip on Yourself" Songmost relevant to my penis 
that doesn't sound like a Stranglers song: ""The 
Big One." PEZBAND • s/t ($1.50, 1977) Male 
singers named "Mimi": 1 THE PLIMSOULS • 
s/t ($4, 1980) This band was way too critically 
acclaimed, so i refuse to discuss them. THE 
POP • s/t ($1, 1977) Mannequins-to-band-mem- 
bers-on-cover ratio: 5:2 Scienti-fact: I hate this 
band, they sound like the fucking Potatomen. 
• "Go!" (25*, 1979) Scienti-fact: They don't 
sound like the Potatomen on this one, but they 
still suck, and there are no mannequins on the 
cover, so who do the fuck do they think they 
are, anyway? THE PROOF • "It's Safe" ($5, 
1980) Song you should cover: "I Want You," but 
fully half this album is great. Scienti-fact: There 
are 11 Corn Curls on both the front and back 
cover, but the front only has 7 M&M's as 
opposed to the back cover's 9. Coincidence? I 
think not!!! PROPAGANDA • "Calling On 
Moscow" 10" ($4, 1980) Striped shirts: 4/4 Tele- 
visions: 39 Cameras: 43 Radios: 42 News clip- 
pings: 46 Songs you should cover: "Cowboys 
Alone" or "Something About You (I Don't 
Like)" Scienti-fact: the song "Two Lovers" is 
about two gay guys, and the one guy not 
wearing a vertically striped shirt has his arm 
around another guv. A ha! GAY! THE 
RECORDS • s/t aka "Shades In Bed" ($4, 
1979) Scienti-fact: The same 10 songs were re- 
leased in a totally different order under a 
totally different name with totally different 
album artwork in both the USand UK; both 
records have gatefold sleeves with completely 
different pictures on them, and, in both com- 
pletely different gatefolds, the SAME member 
is posing with a lit cigarette. Boy, he really 
musta been paying attention that day in fifth 
grade when he found out smoking was cool. 
Song you shoidd cover: "Starry Eyes" has been 
done to death, i say the runner-up is "Teenara- 



na.' Eitner that or the b-side to "Starry Eyes; 
'Taint Her Face/' Song most relevant to my 
penis: I'd like to think it's dead even between 
'Taint Her Face" and "Teenarama," but "All 
Messed Up And Ready To Go" seems to be a 
fan favorite as well. • "Crashes" (25c, 1980) 
Don't look here, the joke is in your handl THE 
ROMANTICS • s/t ($2, 1980) Skinny ties: 4 
Times i saw this hand: 1 Times they didn't suck: 
• "National Breakout" ($3, 1980) Songs you 
should cover: Both "Tomboy" and "Stone Pony" 
kick ass. Song most relevant to my penis: "21 And 
Over." Not. • "Strictly Personal" ($3, 1981) 
Bolo ties (a.k.a. "Neckwear of the Enemy"): 4 Songs 
you should cover: "Bop" or "She's Hot" Song 
most relevant to my penis: "Don't You Put Me 
On Hold" SHOES • "Black Vinyl Shoes" ($2, 
1978), "Present Tense" ($2, 1979), "Boomer- 
ang" ($3, 1982) Scienti-quote "Testosterone? 
What's that?" Song most relevant to my penis: 
"Will You Spin For Me?" SORROWS • "Teen- 
age Heartbreak" ($1.50, 1980) Skinny ties: 2 of 
4 Beatle boots: 3 Song you should cover: "Bad 
Times," Wow, you must be really bored. • 
"Love Too Late" (5<2, 1981) Scienti-fact: Dee 
Dee Ramone's new solo record really sucks, 
you know that? ST ARJETS • "God Bless Star- 
jets" ($3, 1979) Song you should cover: "Any 
Danger Love" Scienti-fact: This is the only skin- 
ny tie era power pop band known to me who 
wore Chuck Taylors on their album cover. 
Party on. STIV BATORS • "Disconnected" 
($7, 1980) "The Lord And The New Creatures" 
import comp LP ($10, 198?) Song you shoidd 
cover: FUCK what the neighbors say, EVERY- 
BODY COVER "EVILBOY" until the WORLD 
is forced to ADMIT that Stiv's power-pop stuff 
was DAMN NEAR ALMOST AS GOOD AS 
all but the very best DEAD BOYS STUFF!!! 
Fuckyou!!! Fuckyou!!! Fuck you!!! Scienti-fact: 
Fuck you, Stiv doesn't answer questions like 
that!!! TAXI BOYS • s/t 12" ($6, 1981) Bad 
haircuts: 4 Bad haircuts belonging to ]ohn Felice: at 
least 1. BRAM TCHAIKOVSKY • "Strange 
Man Changed Man" ($2, 1979) Song you should 
cover: Sorry, the Bomb Bassets already beat 
you to "Girl Of My Dreams." Boy, now you're 
fucked. • "Funland" Song you should cover: Is 
anyone really gonna cover "Why Does My 
Mother 'Phone Me?" just because i said so? 
Who's making me write this endless drivel? 
Sentient turkey nuggets from space or some- 
thing??? OWWU MY HEAD!!! 20/20 • s/t ($5, 
1979) Black shirts: 4 of 4 Horizontally striped 
skinny ties: 1 Pale blue bathroom tiles: many Song 
you shoidd cover: After recently completing a 
cover version of "Yellow Pills," i have decided 
that anyone who isn't an idiot would have 
covered "Remember the Lightning." • "Look 
Out!" ($1, 1981) Skinny ties: Good songs: 1 Song 
you should cover: "Nuclear Boy" Song most rel- 
evant to my penis: "Beat City" • "Sex Trap" ($1, 
1983) Yeah, i got a lot to do with my life THE 
VAPORS • "New Clear Days" ($6, 1980) Song- 
titles either one zoord long or having something to 
do zoith Japan: 6 of 10. Song you shoidd cover: As 
stated years earlier, "News At Ten" is The 
Vaprous Shit. Actually, any song but "Turn- 
ing Japanese" or "Letter From Hiro" would 
place you in my favor. Song most relevant to my 
penis: Ah, yes, the endless debate: "Turning 
Japanese" or "Prisoners?" Tastes great! Less 
fitting! 'Course, there's always "Sixty Second 
Interval"... • "Magnets" ($2, 1981) Scienti-fact: 
You think you got problems, i paid six dollars 



for this. THE YACHTS • "S.O.S." ($2.50, 1979) 
Suitcoats: 4 Dinghies: 1 Song you should cover: 
"Semaphore Love" by a mile; i don't know 
why everybody thinks "Yachting Type" is the 
hit — then again, i dunno why four Brits 
would start a power pop band with a fucking 
nautical fixation either... maybe these guys 
could fight the Taxi Boys in the WWF's Trans- 
portation-Schtick-Of-The-Week-Rumble.John 
Felice 3: 16! Song most relevant to my penis: Well, 
it's either gotta be "Box 202" or ZZZPPS7T! 
BzAAppp! FrZZtt!!! BzzTTTl SkwEEU! ...alL 
righT, humanS, you've suffered 
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theE...wE now return you to your regularlY 
scheduleD columN, already in pr ogres 
S ..ZZZPPS777 BzAAppp! FrZZtt!!! BzzTTT! 
SkwEEU! PUSSY. Chicks dig a guy who can 
talk about his hair for two straight months, 
and the only thing that could possibly stop me 
from being neck-deep in poonanny by next 
week is the million-to-one snot that somebody 
finds out about the power pop records i have 
hidden in my closet. Yeah, right. And sentient 
turkey nuggets might fly out my butt. Uh-oh. 
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I'm Erich Schulte, a student at Sonoma 
State (Aka A coma state) in Rohnert Park Ca. 
This column is basically going to cover the 
censorship of the American media. Probably, 
starting next month, I'll be presenting specific 
stories and issues that have been ignored or 
suppressed by the mainstream media. This 
column though, is going to focus on the basics 
of censorship. The first area to address is wheth- 
er the media is censored, or self-censored at all. 
I'm sure many of you have never come into 
contact with the idea that our free press may 
not be free. At SSU, we have a nationally 
recognized organization called Project Cen- 
sored (which lam not a part of). For over 25 
years, Project Censored has been dedicated to 
publicizing stories that have been left out of 
the mainstream press. The most recent Project 
Censored Yearbook included the following 
stories; "Child Labor is Worse Today than in 
the '30s," "Russia Injects the Earth With Nuke 
Waste," and "180,000 patients Die Annually 
from Treatment in Hospitals," along with 22 
others. Chances are, these issues seem impor- 
tant to you. After all, few Americans are in 
favor of child labor (at least in the U.S.), the 
Russian policy could easily have global conse- 
quences, and most of us will be in hospitals at 
some point. Chances are also that you ve nev- 
er heard of any of these events, even though 
many of these stories are over two years old. 
Why not? One reason could be that the stories 
are not well documented. However this is not 
the case. Project Censored's stories are actual- 
ly usually taken from the mainstream press, 
where they are just very under-reported. Ad- 
ditionally, the project, as well as other critics 



such as Noam Chomsky, usually document 
their findings better than the mainstream press. 
Clearly, if you are going against the main- 
stream, or making very controversial claims, 
you'll need much more evidence than some- 
one who is merely regurgitating the main- 
stream views, or discussing such vital issues 
as the status of John Wayne Bobbit's cock. 

How and why important stories go un- 
reported is an area of some controversy. The 
most "leftist" of the prominent views, and the 
one I most agree with, is best represented by 
the Chomsky/ Herman propaganda model 
This model stipulates that all information must 
pace through five filters on the way to becom- 
ing "news. They are; l)the size, concentrated 
ownership, owner wealth,and profit orienta- 
tion of the dominant mass media firms, (most 
people know that this point is met, but may not 
know to what extent. In 1994, there were, 7 
major movie studios, 1,800 daily newspapers, 
11,000 magazines, 11,000 radio stations, 2,000 
TV stations and 2,500 book publishers in North 
America. 23 corporations controlled over 50% 
of the business in each medium, and since 
then, that number has shrunk.) 2) advertising 
as the primary income source of mass media 
(this is obviously the case) 3) reliance of the 
media on information provided by the gov- 
ernment, business, -and "experts" funded and 
approved by these primary sources and agents 
of power, (This ones a little more complicated, 
but two examples come to mind immediately. 
One is how one of the biggest stories of the 
20th century was almost not broken. Wood- 
ward and Bernstein were the only two report- 
ers who were pursuing what became Water- 
gate. Most other reporters were relying on the 
White House press secretary for information. 
Surprisingly enough, the White House told 
the press that it had not done anything wrong. 
This is still basically how things are done 
today. Next time you watch the national news, 
note that they have a "White House corre- 
spondent," who will probably be reporting 
from in front of the White House, and will give 
mostly information provided by the White 
House. The second example is the production 
of video news releases by PR firms. These are 
video productions, made to look exactly like 
news reports from correspondents. VNRs are 
often integrated directly into local news broad- 
casts, without any indication of what they are. 
Its hard to find out how common this is, be- 
cause nobody will admit to using them, but PR 
firms are not spending big bucks on VNRs 
because nobody uses them.) 4) "flak" as a 
means of disciplining the media, (We all know 
about advertising being pulled from shows 
like Married With Children because of letter 
writing campaigns by various god scjuads. But 
what few know is that similar 'flak' is dished 
out for different reasons. For example, when a 
boycott group ran ads on a Boston TV station, 
exposing the Folgers Coffee's close ties to an El 
Salvadorian terror state, Folgers' parent cor- 
poration, Proctor and Gamble, pulled all its 
advertising [which is quite a lot] from the 
station . After that, not a single station in Amer- 
ica would run the ad.) 5) "anticommunism as 
a national religion and control mechanism. 
(This last filter is a little out dated, but if we 
change anticommunism to "the dominant ide- 
ology ", as suggested by Rober t W . McChesney, 
it is revitalized.) I feel that these filters best 



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account for how our media works. Any unre 
ported, important stories, such as those dis- 
cussed earlier, that I've come across, can be 
explained by the filters. However there are 
other views on why the media is so skewed. 
A more moderate view is that for the 
most part, the media simply reflects the expec- 
tations of the people. For example, we (for 
whatever reason) expect communists to be 
evil. Therefore, when a communist regime 
commits atrocities, such as those in China, or 
Cambodia, it is widely reported, because it 
supports our expectations. However the Amer- 
ican people tend to believe that the U.S. is 
benevolent, and acts in the interests of free- 
dom and democracy. So, when the U.S. acts in 
a brutal, or totalitarian fashion, in Central 
America for example, news of the events is 
offensive to the people, and is therefore ig- 
nored. Those who support this idea often ac- 
knowledge the corporate influence. This idea 
makes a lot of sense, and I think it is in part 
true. However, it doesn't seem to cover all the 
bases as well as the Chomsky /Herman model 
tome. 

Finally the most "rightist" view is most 
significantly represented by AIM, or Accuracy 
in Media, which is basically a conservative 
Washington think tank. It is worth noting that 
AIM receives most of its revenue from corpo- 
rate sponsorship. AIM criticizing the media 
for being to liberal on social issues, as well as 
political. The fact is that most reporters tend to 
be Democrats, although editors are usually 
more conservative, and AIM feels that this 
shows up in coverage. One issue that they 
point to is the fairly favorable coverage of the 
globalization of government. For example, the 
existence of institutions such as the UN, the 
IMF, and the World Court (who don't get an 
acronym for some reason) is rarely criticized 
in the press. Of course there has always been a 
strong isolationist sentiment in this country, 
and much of the public would like to see the 
power of such organizations limited, or re- 
moved. AIM also criticizes the portrayal of 
social and moral issues, such as homosexual- 
ity, in the media. They are very critical of the 
mostly favorable portrayal of gays in the me- 
dia. This is a separate issue from what I've 
been talking about, but it's an important part 
of AIM. It is pretty clearly true that the enter- 
tainment media are to the left of the general 
population on the issue of homosexuality, for 
example. However this is largely due too the 
fact that the entertainment media are more 
divergent than the news media. What's on 
Ellen, doesn't have anything to do with what's 
on Full House but what's in the New York 
Times, and what's on CNN are connected in 
all sorts of ways. Because of this, you can have 
a show, like Ellen, that most Americans might 
dislike, or even find distasteful, but as long as 
it has say, 8 or 9 million people watching every 
week, the network doesn't really care. To make 
it brief, check a controversial TV show or 
movie against the filters above. There's no 
reason it filters out, so It's existence, in spite of 
the fact that many Americans don't want it 
there, actually strengthens the propaganda 
model. Regardless, AIM are correct in their 
assessment of the entertainment media, and 
also on criticisms of several specific issues. 
However AIM doesn't seem to notice the lack 
of objective coverage on issues like the US 



Involvement in various terror states and re- 
gimes. 

If these various groups could agree on 
one thing, it would probably be that this has 
been an oversimplification of their views, but 
hopefully this will provide an introduction to 
the debate over media censorship for some 
new people. The basic reason for this first 
column is to establish that there is a need for 
news sources outside of the mainstream me- 
dia. Future columns will be mostly dedicated 
to being one such source. I'll try and present 
stories and issues that are important to most 
people, but are not receiving mainstream at- 
tention. However, the only way you can really 
circumvent the mainstream media is to seek 
out other sources. Zines are a good start, but 
usually a little slim on content, so here are 
some of the resources used directly in this 
column. Toxic Sludge is Good for You, lies 
damn lies, and the PR industry, .by Stauber 
and Rampton is an excellent, but frightening 
book, which focuses only on the PR industry. 
It's short, and very readable. It even has comic 
strips, so its great for casual readers. Same 
goes for the Project Censored yearbook, Cen- 
sored, The News That didn't Make the News 
and Why, by Jenson, including the comics. 
You can probably order both of those at your 
local bookstore. Chomsky's stuff, is seminal, 
but it's a little thick, so if your not used to these 
types of books, you may wanna hold off, or get 
them just for browsing. Most bookstores will 
have something by Chomsky, but he wrote 
Necessary Illusions, and Manufacturing Con- 
sent, with Edward Herman, specifically about 
these issues. Saving the best for last, Manufac- 
turing Consent, Noam Chomsky and the Me- 
dia, is an amazing documentary on Chomsky 
that focuses on this subject. It won something 
like 13 awards around the world, and is just 
fucking incredible. If you live in the North 
Bay, you can order it for rental at any Video 
Droid, otherwise all I can tell you is that the 
American Distributor is Zeitgeist Films, 247 
corner street, 2nd floor, New York, NY, 10013 
(212) 247-1989. Its not that hard, to access 
alternative media. Just go to the nearest book- 
store or news stand, and you should have no 
problems finding something. 

e -mail me at HomerRmone@aol.com 

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Brace yourself for the deluge. Two 
months worth of columns in one long wind- 
ed, hard to follow combination. 

I'm in this temporary phase where I'm 
uninspired. It's happened before, so I know 
what to expect. I get tired and want to go 
home and go to bed instead of hanging out 
with friends or going to a show or doing 
work. I'm unmotivated, and of course it's this 
circular thing where I go home and sleep or 
watch TV and then I get mad at myself for 



slacking off and not being super productive, 
and I just feel worse about it. I know that I 
overwork myself and that these kind of phas- 
es are just momentary lapses which help me 
to prevent burnout, but I still get frustrated. 
I'm also at the point where I have the 
luxury to be unmotivated. Is it San Francisco 
or is it just me getting a little older and not 
being so glassy-eyed and enthusiastic? I used 
to feel this need to go to every show just 
because I knew that my presence there would 
make a difference, just in the sheer number of 
faces in the crowd. Now I don't feel that need. 
Mostly importantly, this is because I don't 
live in a small town any more. Well, there are 
certain shows where I do still feel that obliga- 
tion, one's which I DON'T think will be big or 
I don't think will have a large turnout. But the 
point is, that's lame. Well, it's just time to 
admit that usually I don't really like going to 
shows, and all of these years I've been going 
either to socialize or out of some weird sense 
of moral obligation (which few others seem to 
share). Most bands bore me after five minutes 
on stage because they don't have any enthu- 
siasm or passion. I swear, the band can suck 
musically but be really into what they're do- 
ing and it will be a good show. But that's so 
rare. (Of course it's more rare that the band is 
enthusiastic AND I like their music, but then, 
I'm really picky about what I like. And my 
musical tastes do hinge more on how enthu- 
siastic and cool a band and their motivations 
are than the music sometimes. There are more 
than a few bands whose sound grew on me 
because I liked and supported what thev 
were DOING, beyond what music they 
played). But, I have the luxury to not go to 
shows because there will always be more 
shows. There is no danger of the only show 
space in town shutting down for lack of atten- 
dance, and there's no danger that bands will 
stop coming to the Bay Area. 

These realizations I've been having 
about my own thoughts and habits (that 1 
think it doesn't matter if I go to a show or 
otherwise support the scene) is one of the 
most detrimental trends within punk. As peo- 
ple get older, as their scene gets bigger, or as 
they move on to bigger places, they begin to 
have those same thoughts. This is damaging 
because as a scene gets bigger it takes away 
the personal responsibility and personal con- 
nection that exists between an individual 
person and the rest of the "scene" (or commu- 
nity, I guess). The most important and vital 
part of punk to me is the personal interaction 
that goes on between people. That's what 
makes it real and what makes it more than 
just music. That's what makes people put in 
time and effort, because punk is something 
that they have a personal connection with. 
Punk depends on the personal input of a lot of 
people, and the more detached we get from it 
the less responsibility each of us feels to make 
an effort. I ve often thought about how punk 
is, or should be, so decentralized, just all of 
these small, tiny scenes linked together by a 
larger network of communication (the part 
that MRR and all zines play along with letter 
writing and personal communication). Or 
rather, that everyone's main focus should be 
their local, immediate scene, the good parts 
which keep the interested and involved. 

It follows naturally that my personal 






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goal is to seek a way to actively maintain that 
level of connection even on a larger scale, in a 
larger scene, and even in a town where it feels 
like I don't matter to the well being of the 
scene. 

The whole personal responsibility is- 
sue is one that I take very seriously. Someone 
asked me recently what I think is good about 
punk as a youth culture. My response is to 
paraphrase Howard Zinn, a historian/writ- 
er, author of "A People's History Of The 
United States". He once said that the biggest 
obstacle to social change is not that we don't 
realize that the need for change exists, or that 
we don't recognize injustice when we see it, it 
is that we don't realize that we have the 
power to do something about it. Punk takes 
personal responsibility and drops it in your 
lap. It teaches empowerment. For most peo- 
ple it happens sneakily - you're tricked into 
caring about your local scene and feeling 
your efforts are meaningful there, and before 
you know it you understand that you could 
change the world if you tried. The Do It 
Yourself ethic = personal and social responsi- 
bility. That's more than you can teach some- 
one in a classroom, and it's more important 
than teaching someone to care about a single 
issue, it's something that teaches you a way of 
looking at the world and your place in it. 
That's what is important about punk rock as 
a youth cultqre. 

Now that I'm way off the point, I'll 
remind you that the original idea was to talk 
about how I've been in this unmotivated, self- 
critical slump recently. Let me think for a few 
minutes about what DOES motivate me, and 
how I've gotten over this kind of "slump" in 
the past. First and foremost, friends. People I 
know who are amazing and inspiring and 
who make me feel dumb for slacking off. If 
Theo can do all that, I must be able to do at 
least half as much. If Chuck can make music 
that is so fucking awesome and inspiring, 
why can't I do that? 

The way I keep myself motivated is to 
surround myself with those people and those 
things that make make my life interesting, 
that are inspiring. When I get tired like this I 
just need to put on the old favorite records 
and call my old friends, and I'll remember. I 
know the way to get over it to is remind 
myself of all of the really awesome and amaz- 
ing people who exist out there, who I, in some 
ways, feel this responsibility to. 

Part of that is NOT slacking on my 
correspondence and communication with 
people. It's easy, but much less rewarding 
and constructive, to mope around the house 
and go through the motions. It's more taxing 
and more difficult work to keep in touch with 
everyone I know and love, but that's what 
keeps me going (my phone bill attests to that). 
I've often said, and it serves to repeat it, that 
punk is my access point. It is my tool through 
which I meet people that I like, respect, and 
admire. 

That is why feel this responsibility to 
translate those things that I think and feel, 
which inspire me, into something new that 
hopefully will motivate someone else. 

I guess it could be construed as an arro- 
gant thing to say or think, that I can motivate 
or inspire people, but I don't think it is. It 
doesn t take something monumental or earth- 



shattering to be inspirational. It's the simple 
things that friends do. It can definitely be the 
THINGS a person DOES or CREATES, but it 
can be how a person interacts with others, 
how they conduct their life. 

Yeah, that's my optimism coming back 
through. I once indirectly asked Tim Yo (in an 
interview, a couple years ago, maybe), what 
he thought about change and punk, when I 
asked him if he felt that MRR has been suc- 
cessful he replied that it hasn't been, because 
so little has changed for the better. But I prefer 
to be an optimist, to believe that I can change 
things with enough will-power and know- 
how. I guess if I didn't, I would just lie about, 
eating good food, having sex, and enjoying 
myself while waiting for the world to fall 
apart around me. There's no middle ground. 
I either care, and accept personal responsibil- 
ity, for everything, or I let it all go. 

I could have summed this up simply by 
saying that I feel it is my responsibility. That 
the way to help punk, activism, or social 
change, is to take personally responsibility 
onto yourself for everything you see around 
you. I could have said it that way, but it isn't 
my style. 

A few last words: 

1 . The other thing I've been thinking about 
a lot in connection with punk is how this 
scene is so often made up of people who are 
rejected, in some way or another, from other 
scenes. You didn't fit into your religious, 
family, or neighborhood community or you 
wouldn't have left it to come to punk. But 
when you take all of these misfits, more often 
than not anti social and emotionally fucked 
up, and lump them all together, there's no 
wonder that there are problems. We try to 
date and marry each other, form bands and 
collectives, and be a community, without 
addressing any of those underlying prob- 
lems which we bring in to the scene with us. 

Mostly I think, though, that the rest of 
society is hardly better off. 

2. I write a personal column because that's 
what I like to write and to read. Why do you 
care about my musical tastes or my personal 
perspective on anything? Because it helps you, 
as a person, relate to me as a person, and it 
helps you understand where I am coming 
from and my motivations for doing certain 
things. 

3. A woman named Tracy has contacted 
me about a dissertation she is doing on worn 1 
en in punk and hardcore. She needs to hear 
from women out there about everything from 
shows and zines tobands and music. . contact 
her for more information on her project at: 36 
Bournville Lane, Bournville, Birmingham, B30 
2LN, England, email: tab524@novell3 
.bham.ac.uk. 

4. In my last column, I had a few notes 
about women's /alternative health care and I 
would like to take a moment to ask anyone 
interested in this (very broad) topic to write 
in because I am planning on having an article 
or special issue on the topic in a few months 
or so. I have some loose ideas of what I would 
like to include, but I am open to suggestions. 

5. Many thanks to Hot Water Music for 
the continued inspiration. And props to ev- 
eryone from the Legion of Doom in Columbus, 
Ohio (and to Brad Watson for explaining that 
"props" comes from "proper respect"). 



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I do hope you enjoy the reviews this 
month, gentle reader. 

The Track Star label has a pretty good 
gimmick. Each release comes with a bio of 
some famous runner. I hope they do one of the 
South African lady who tripped up the Amer- 
ican runner during the Olympics way back 
when. An way, the SONG OF KERMAN "Fet- 
ters Say" EP never really goes anywhere. Sung 
and preached vocals over rather plain and 
cleaned up hardcore with no fast parts. Some 
power would be nice. There is a good written 
piece in the lyrics about the scene getting its 
shit together. (Track Star, PO Box 60, Forked 
River, NJ 08731-0060) 

It's crunchy hardcore with plenty of 
breaks . It has some soft parts. It has screamed 
vocals as well as sung parts. The bass does 
some interesting meandering at points. All 
this is on the ROOSEVELT /V Spine" EP. ($3, 
Boxcar, PO Box 1141, Melbourne, FL 32902- 
1141) 

Jesse(boy):"Hey, Tom, what are you 
doing?" Tom: "Reviewing the TUNG- 
WOOD EP." Jesse: "What's the verdict?" Tom: 
"They bring me back to the sounds of bands 
like PHLEGCAMP, though not as upbeat. 
The drums sound great and the strained vo- 
cals have an interesting quality to them." Jesse: 
"Can I borrow your truck?" Tom: "No." (Star- 
crossed, PO Box 146374, Chicago, IL 60614- 
6374) 

Try and imagine the most obnoxious 
song you ever heard or saw CLICK- 
ITAT IKATOWI perform. Lots of herky jerky 
guitar, the bass cord is either pulled out or the 
amp has been turned off, and the singer is 
reading reallv important poetry from his 10th 
grade journal. Voila, it's CROM TECH. Oh, if 
you're a robot this may be for you. (Ixor Stix, 
no address) 

Fans of ugly ass hardcore with crunch 
should check out some of Schema Records 
releases. STICK FIGURE CAROUSEL has a 
complex, metal lead guitar style with a vocal- 
ist wnose annunciation and harshness make it 
hard to read along with the lyric sheet. Supa 
sick. The tempo varies with the kind of breaks 
that lead me to believe a live set would've been 
the best. According to mv sources there is a 
member of CONVERGE in IRE, which is only 
somewhat apparent on the IRE EP. There's a 
good deal of a metal influence, double bass, 
and some crunchy chugg, but there are breaks 
a plenty with long vocal centered parts. The 
lyrics are full of political lines in the sand, 
which is an improvement over what I found to 
be a wishy washy abortion stance on their split 
LP with SEIZED. It's gotta be pro choice with 
no apologies or second guessing. (Schema, 
PO Box 1161, Battle Creek, MI 49016-1161) 



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Sloppy spell checking on the * 
GLASS/NEW DAY RISING CD drove me to 
near madness. My column is full of typos, but 
it's not really meant for the ages, y'know? I'd 
hope a banc! would think the message in their 
lyrics was. Anyway, HOURGLASS come out 
of nowhere and hit me over the back with a 
folding chair WWF style. The singer is pulling 
out his vocal chords with his fists like he 
means it and the music pounds away with 
him, with lots of mid tempoed mayhem with 
dueling crunch guitars, sometimes high some- 
times low. The slow parts, however, are way to 
lengthy and how much feedback can you real- 
ly play with? The NEW DAY RISING tracks 
are much harsher then anything else I've heard 
from them. The halts in the music with full on 
emotive singing are there, but with less fre- 
quency. The majority here is hoarse, abrasive 
vocals over crunchy tunes somewhat similar 
to MEREL. (MooCow, PO Box 616, Madison, 
WI 53701) 

You know what the best part of the copy 
of the PIEBALD "Sometimes Friends Fight" 
CD that I got is? The word Promo written all 
over it in magic marker. That aside, I really dig 
PIEBALD and this is more good stuff, mainly 
because it is quite different from past releases. 
None of the pretty-core stuff here, all of this is 
from the gut with somewhat low rumbling 
guitar and bass. No soft guitar picking at all. U 
it weren't for the trademark off key vocals this 
might be a different band. My favorite stuff so 
far from these yankees. (Point The Blame, 
10738 Ave. Millen, Montreal (PQ) H2C 2E6, 
CANADA) 

TUESDAY'S "Freewheelin" LP is full of 
pop soaked emo. At times I'm reminded of 
PROMISE RING with more drive, FRANK- 
LIN without the harmonizing, and even JAW- 
BREAKER without the depression. Good 
hooks, though an EP with just the catchiest 
songs would have been perfect. From a label 
usually squeezing ska into punk. (Asian Man, 
PO Box 35585, Monte Sereno, CA 93030-5585) 
Modern hardcore is a really obnoxious 
term, so I'll just say that ENFOLD mix up 
guitar crunch, hoarse vocals, occasional har- 
monics, long steady buildups to mayhem, and 
occasional poetic lyrics on their EP. One band 
member uses his part of the thank you list to 
thank Jesus which I think is really fucked up. 
I've been to a lot of shows where Jesus shows 
up and ruins everybody's fun. He always gets 
too aggro in the pit, drones on an on about his 
piercings and name drops. . ."Hey, did you 
hear that FEEDER2 song? Yeah, it'saboutme." 
(La Familia, Wermolingstr. 42, 48147 Mun- 
ster, GERMANY) 

RED MONKEY has some good lyrics on 
their "The Time Is Right" EP. Their musical 
approach, though not their sound, reminds 
me of HUGGY BEAR (and I'm pretty sure it 
isn't just the accents making me say this). The* 
ideas are the focus, with the music slowly 
driving it forward, with the guitar not nearly 
as much of a player as the bass and drums. I 
need quicker pace, but all in all this is pretty 
cool and sort of catchy. (Troubleman, 16 Wil- 
low St., Bavonne, NJ 07002) 

IsawSUBMISSION HOLD recently and 
while they were entertaining, I think I'll stick 
to their recordings, which Im aware is quite 
the opposite of many folks stance on the band. 
Live I found the songs way too long. Plus, 



political banter on stage is usually only of 
benefit when its been thought out a bit. The 
point about punk men needing to stop inter- 
rupting women when they're speaking is dead 
on accurate though. OK, their EP on Farm- 
house has the distinct female vocals with fairly 
eclectic, well constructed, but direct hardcore. 
And no, I don't think they sound like SPIT- 
BOY. (Farmhouse, 488 Madison Dr., San Jose 
CA 95123) 

KILL HOLIDAY doesn't appear to have 
broken up as I had thought. Their new EP has 
less of the QUICKSAND sound I thought their 
first EP had. Of the two songs here one is 
surprisingly poppy, but without any sweet- 
ness and at times the vocals almost have a 50's 
rock ballad sound. The flip has a well pro- 
duced post hardcore sound with lots of semi 
chug, weird guitar sounds, and soft but not 
wimpy vocals. (Simba, 30 Park View Ave., 
Leeds LS4 2LH, ENGLAND) 

On the GET UP KIDS/COALESCE EP 
each band reworks a song by the other into 
more their style. Remember the 
BORN AGAINST/SCREECHING WEASEL 
EP? GET UP KIDS offer up a song with mid- 
west emo stylings but no of fkey vocals and the 
music has some guts. COALESCE aren't near- 
ly as maniacal as I remember, pretty slow end 
hardcore with gut spat vocals. (Second Na- 
ture, PO Box 11543, Kansas City, MO 64138) 
BEACON tunes down their bass and 
guitar in such a way that I can't help but think 
of HELMET slowed down quite a bit. There's 
real thickness to the bass, brothers and sisters. 
Now there are quite a few times when the 
guitar is kind of sweet sounding but then the 
will kick in and start giving orders. 



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(Subjugation, PO Box 191, Darlington, DL3 
8YN, UK) 5 

We find the singer from HELLBENDER 
ontheMILEMARKER EP but none of the JAW- 
BREAKER influence the former band had . The 
b side is a really slow monotonous drag and 
should be avoided. The A side has real cool 
impassioned, speaking fast like a confused old 
man vocals with music that follows in a slight- 
ly upbeat way, but only slightly and never 
really trouncing the moodiness. You're only 
going to get into this if you like your songs on 
the long side, which I don't. (Clocked Out, 
3817 Sweeten Creek Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 
27514) r 

It has taken some time, but the KARP LP 
is now in the column. KARP is easily one of the 
best live bands out there, even if they don't 
move around much. Super fucking loud, re- 
petitive, and unrelenting damage heaped on 
the ears. As for capturing the live sound this 
gets the ugliness of KARP a lot better then the 
last LP. Still, I'll take 'em live. "Ding dong, 
fucking with your head, I'm fucking with your 
head" x 100 sweet thing. (K Records) 

So. I ask Jessy (girl) "what's that 
I HATE MYSELF 12" sound like?" She replies 
"I dunno, emoish." Yeah, thanks lady. So 
emoish is a start; lots of strained full out vocals 
over steady, rhythmic, mid paced tunes that at 
times remind this city dweller of 
NAVIO FORGE but not as dramatic. The vo- 
cals get clear enough to provide the tunes with 
the necessary character to keep you coming 
back. It's a one sided 12" so you can record 
something on the blank side and destroy the 
music industry, (no address, try Blindspot 



mailorder) 

Well, I'm sad that I missed seeing FRAN- 
KLIN when they were in Frisco, but that's 
what happens when a person is as out of the 
loop as lam. I'm curious as to what their new 
LP on File 13 sounds like because I've really 
enjoyed all of their past super harmonized pop 
filled super developed but simple releases. 

Tel also like to know what the new SINK- 
ER EP sounds like on Sunny Sindicut. I've 
gathered that it's old unreleased tracks. Their 
EP of several years back was awesome; two 
songs that had cool simple but distinct bass 
lines that contain the the guitar and real killer 
"hev, I mean these words, and I'm mad and 
sad ' vocals. So, get the old EP cause it's prob- 
ably likely that songs that took 5 years to come 
out probably aren't that strong. 

Demo tape darlings the ANGEL ASSAS- 
SINS are back in the column with an EP. 
They've kept just a trace of the San Diego 
sound (much like HEROIN [really]) which 
makes their sound somewhat familiar but the 
enerey here is all their own and makes it 
worthy of the rotation pile near your turnta- 
ble. I'm especially pleases by the shortness of 
the songs, the speed level, and the fact that the 
"art" sound is barely there. (Hymnal, 1892a, 
Market St., SF,C A 94102) 

So long as I've mentioned demo tapes 
I'll make a quick note of one recently received 
from HAND OF GOD. Does anyone remem- 
ber FRAIL? They kind of came and went in a 
burst of EPs, but seem to have made an im- 
pression on this band. Super distorted guitars 
at time melodic, then chugga chugga, then 
frantic with a vocalist at his peak of hoarseness 
(though not as awesomely spastic as the FRAIL 
vocals). The lyrics are all of a political nature, 
and though clumsy are all of interest. (187 Lark 
St. Apt. 2, Albany, NY 12210) 

Keep sending the stuff in friends. 
Endnotes: 

1. Gambling City Rankings: l)Las Veeas 
2)Reno 3)Biloxi 4)New Orleans 

2. If anyone has an X Swatch they'd like to sell 
or trade get in touch. 1950 McAllister #1, SF, 
CA 94115. 



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Sometimes we suffer crushing blows. 
No Joke. Sometimes the people we've exalted 
and carefully, or carelessly, placed upon ped- 
estals and idealized for various reasons come 
tumbling down at the most inopportune, un- 
expected times. But, as a friend of mine often 
admonishes, and always with a bitter tone of 
indifference, if one exalts another as a hero and 
places them upon a pedestal one must, when 
the time comes, also be prepared to tear the 
designated hero down from that pedestal. I 
found myself doing just that as I prepared to 
write this month's column. 

A couple of years back, goofing around 



at a Jersey state college, I sat in on a lecture 
given by a professor Known throughout the 
campus community as a radical dissident. 
During the '60's, at the height of the civil rights 
movement, this professor, then a student him- 
self, was a member of SNCC and highly active 
in the anti-war movement. In 1968 he was 
present at the Democratic National Conven- 
tion, even having his teeth knocked in by a 
police of officer' s night-stick during the melee 
that characterized that sordid affair. The man 
walked the walk and now I was listening to 
him talk the talk. 

During the lecture he discussed the 
HUAC hearings. He condemned them, of 
course, and spoke with revelry of the cultural 
icons who resisted the hearings by refusing to 
'name names' as those subpoenaed were ex- 
pected to do by Senator Joseph McCarthy and 
his entourage. This professor spoke with a 
fervor, a zeal for the subject, frothing at the 
mouth even. He was a live wire, ranting on 
and pacing furiously from one end of the 
lecture hall to the other. I was on the edge of 
my seat, watching the man with wide, antici- 
pating eyes, waiting to receive the punch ev- 
ery statement he made packed. 

The climax of that lecture was an anec- 
dote about one of the hearings that John Stein- 
beck appeared at in 1957. According to this 
professor that hearing in '57 shook the founda- 
tions of American repression with revolution- 
ary ferocity. After being vehemently attacked 
by the committee for some time, McCarthy, 
sitting across from Steinbeck, glared down at 
the writer, and asked the inevitable question: 
Are you now, or Imve you ever been a member of the 
Communist Party? 

As told by this professor, Steinbeck took 
some time to think the question over, allowing 
the words to roll back and forth through his 
mind. He remained surprisingly aloof before 
the committee that had the ability to crush the 
most popular of celebrities. Then, amidst a 
deafening silence, the Nobel Prize winning 
writer sat back in his chair before the commit- 
tee, calmly crossed his legs, coolly lit a ciga- 
rette, and said, "Yeah, I'm a communist." 

I was deeply impressed by the anecdote. 
The display of unmoving confidence Stein- 
beck put forth during that hearing, as told 
during the lecture, really took me. In a matter 
of seconds Steinbeck found himself perched 
stoically on a pedestal my idealized vision of 
dissident heroes. 

Now I'm in San Antonio, Texas. I've 
been here for eight weeks, seeing the sights 
and poking around with the scene a little 
down here. A friend and I, on a sunshine 
midday afternoon, while wandering around 
the streets of this touristy, decrepit little town, 
eyeballed a small Mexican cafe buried in a 
back street. On the side of the cafe was a mural 
of Emiliano Zapata, the personage that shroud- 
ed the Mexican Revolution of 1910-17 in glo- 
ry — the same revolutionary luminary that 
shaped the spirit of Subcommandant Marcos 
and his band of guerrilla soldiers that rose up 
in Chiapas, Mexico in January of 1994. My 
friend wasted no time in getting through the 
door of the cafe. 

Inside the cafe's walls were papered with 
other paintings of Zapata as well as a good 

I number of photographs from the Mexican 
Revolution. The proprietor of the joint was a 



middle-aged Mexican man. The man, perfect- 
ly amiable and welcoming, looked like the 
stereotypical image of a Mexican gangster: 
thick black hair combed back and held down 
tightly with a hair net, tan chinos, a black 
button down shirt with the top button done, a 
thick goatee, and two arms sleeved with intri- 
cate tattoo work, a spider web on each elbow. 
And the place was packed to the hilt. Dishes 
banged relentlessly behind the counter. The 
grill sizzled ominously. Smoke filled the cafe. 
I was elated we stumbled upon such a great 
place. In short, we ordered, ate, and left, mak- 
ing note of the restaurant's name, Magrita Cafe. 
We determined to go again soon. 

Walking away from the cafe I remem- 
bered that I wanted to pick up a copy of John 
Womack, Jr's biography of Zapata. I hit the 
nearest shop, a small used book shop just 
down the street from the cafe. Why not try, 
right? Rather than having the biography the 
clerk in the book shop handed me a copy of 
John Steinbeck's Zapata. For the second time 
that day I was smacked upside the head. I had 
no idea Steinbeck wrote a screenplay based 
on the life of Zapata. Steinbeck was just look- 
ing better and better up there on that pedestal 
as the days went by. His display of defiance at 
the HUAC hearing, The Grapes of Wrath and 
now Zapata. I resolved to do some research 
and write the following column about Stein- 
beck" 

A week or two after picking up Zapata I 
hit the San Antonio Public Library and picked 
up A Life in Letters, which contained a signifi- 
cant amount of Steinbeck's correspondence, 
and a biography of Steinbeck. I immediately 
wanted to look into Steinbeck's dramatic per- 
formance at the HUAC hearing in '57, so I 
scanned the index of both the book of corre- 
spondence and the biography for content on 
McCarthy and HUAC. Searching through the 
volume of correspondence first, the only letter 
I found discussing HUAC was an article writ- 
ten by Steinbeck defending Arthur Miller, 
author of Death of a Salesman, who, in '57, was 
abandon by his contemporaries when he was 
subpoenaed to testify before the committee. It 
was a good start, but I wanted info on the 
hearing that Steinbeck shook the Earth at. 

I picked up the biography, leafed through 
the index and found three entries, only one of 
which spanned from one page to the next. I 
was disappointed.' What kind of biographer 
would write so little on such a valiant show of 
resistance? What the hell. I flipped to the pag- 
es. Again I found information on the article 
written in defense of Arthur Miller. Then read- 
ing the two pages that expanded on the Mc- 
Carthy hearings, I found that, contrary to the 
lecture I'd listened to a year earlier, Steinbeck 
never appeared before the committee. Indeed, 
the biographer stated that in 1957 Steinbeck 
strongly supported his dear, long-term friend 
Elia Kazan, a fellow writer and publisher who 
appeared before the cornmitte that year and 
actually named names! I felt as though some- 
one had thrown a cannon ball into my stom- 
ach. The wind was knocked clean out of me. 
Christ, I thought I was hyperventilating. Stein- 
beck, a soul sympathetic to the scum assisting 
in the repression of American intellectual life? 
Well, perhaps this is an exaggeration, but... 

1 tossed the biography down, tossed my 
bag over my shoulder and took off out of the 



library. Man. Steinbeck. Author of Zapata, 
later Viva, Zapata!. What the hell was this? 

To be honest, I never really hyperventi- 
lated. The news just shocked hell out of me. I 
was depressed. What kind of world is this?, I 
thought. There really are no heroes left. First- 
ly an uppity professor whose word was gos- 
pel on a state college campus is found spew- 
ing grossly inaccurate information, and then 
the man who championed the cause of the 
dispossessed in his literature is found sup- 
porting the slime that handed over the lives of 
leading intellectuals to the blood-thirsty Jo- 
seph McCarthy. Steinbeck had to be torn 
down from the pedestal. 

Surely humans are not infallible. Being 
frank, I'm really not certain how I would react 
if a dear, intimate friend straddled or jumped 
the fence into a different political camp, espe- 
cially at a time, like the McCarthy era, when 
conformity determined who had food on the 
table and who did not. After calming a bit I 
thought about Steinbeck's decision to sup- 
port his friend. Have I ever lent support to 
friends who I consciously knew were wrong 
in their actions or convictions? I think its safe 
to assume that everyone has at one time or 
another. No one is beyond the critical eye. No 
one is infallible. Thus, if we're going to ideal- 
ize and romanticize images of historical, liter- 
ary, or any figures, we must be prepared to 
debunk those images when they are proven 
otherwise. Reading that biography in that 
library I simply found that Steinbeck was 
fallible. It must be noted that he did vocalize 
his support of Arthur Miller, then under se- 
vere scrutiny by HUAC, to the intellectual 
community at large. Does that redeem him? 
Who knows? Who cares? 

And that professor! What was going 
through his head when he rambled on with 
that captivating anecdote? Perhaps his aca- 
demic credibility just isn't a concern. Perhaps 
he's just into the practice of blind-siding stu- 
dents. Who Knows? Who cares? 

All I know is that this pedestal thing has 

got to go. 

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Howdy y'all, my name's Brian and I'm 
the prick that owns Grand Theft Audio in Los 
Angeles (well technically Glendale). The 
scrawlings that you see before you will hope- 
fully become an irregulart regular column 
here in Maximum if I'm not overcome by my 
usual lazy streak. The purpose of my column 
will be to guide you through your journey 
into DIY while you obtain as few bumps and 
bruises as possible. The way I'll try to accom- 
plish this is by using the past experiences of 
the many bands I keep in touch with (includ- 
ing those on my label), as well as those of 
various record labels, including my own. Now 
the unfortunate facts are that while you might 
see punk or hardcore as a scene in which to 



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exchangepolitical and social views/mfo,s.«. 
a band, or maybe just have some good, old 
fashioned unchained fun, many others see it 
as a place to fuck over young, dumb punk 
kids. These seedy con men see punkers as 
easy pickens because they know by nature a 
lot of these kids don't understand the regular 
music biz and all of its dirty little tricks. Sure, 
you might not want to be a part of the enter- 
tainment business, or for that matter, a crook- 
ed cop, rapist, burglar, or a slimey used car 
salesman, but knowing what they know can 
sure help to protect you against such people. 
As much as it would be nice to believe that 
your close punker bud would never do any- 
thing to fuck you over, the sad truth is that 
I've seen it happen time and time again. Hell, 
I've had people I thought were my "cool" 
friends do an about face and try to pull some 
really bad scams on me. 

Hey, why not?! It's shoved down our 
throats 24-7 that we must do anything to 
obtain wealth... any thing! Having less means 
you're a loser and you don't want to be a 
loser, so you'll cheat your family, your friends, 
your neighbors, and of course, a stranger. 
Gotta screw them before they screw you. 
Even if they're not out to screw you, screw 
them anyway. It's the new American way 
(and everywhere else) to do business that's 
trickled all the way down from the people on 
top to the lowliest bottom man on the totem 
pole. 

This is the kind of attitude that fuels a 
majorportionofthe"musicindustry,"aplace 
where ego and the drive to be "someone" are 
omnipresent. Your puny music scene is but 
just a tiny wading pool on their journey to 
swim in the ocean amongst the big fish and 
while they're still trapped with the peons 
they'll "talk the talk" like they figure every- 
one else does. Still others, on the other hand, 
see no point in travelling up the "entertain- 
ment" ladder as they've got all the easypick- 
ens they could ever hope for right here. Some 
of these people even see themselves as being 
stalwarts against the evil major music indus- 
try even though their own businesspractices 
can sometimes be far sketchier. There are 
people out there who think and /or try to 
make others think that they're working hard 
to "overthrow the system. ''in actuality, some 
of them are just fucked up, drugged up, lazy, 
irresponsible, scum who steal from their 
friends. It's time to acknowledge that those 
people exist out there in mass droves in indie 
land and figure out how we're gonna deal 
with them while making it harder for them to 
thrive unchecked. If you suspect by now this 
has been a sneaky, backhanded attempt to 
slag independent music in favor of the majors 
and their expensive whores, then it's time 
you stopped sitting on your noggin and think- 
ing out of your keester! 

It should be general knowledge by now 
that the majors are overpopulated by lying, 
backstabbing, greedy, parasitic dimwits who 
know less about music than a young Helen 
Keller! If you don't believe me then consider 
this fact: I've lived my entire life thus far in the 
general LA area and I'm currently within rifle 
scope range of people like Geffen and Disney. 
Their salivating, Pavlovian lap dogs are ev- 
erywhere alone with their would-be admir- 
ers (and I trust em as far as I can throw 'em.). 



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to the nature of my label releasing lots of 
long lost punk from long ago, many of the 
musicians I know are currently in bands 
signed to major labels. In their minds, they 
came to the conclusion long ago after getting 
screwed over so many times that there wasn^ 
much of a chance of getting treated fairly on 
an independent. 

I personally find that to be a sad com- 
mentary on how little effort we've put into 
driving those sleazy music biz ideals and 
practitioners out of our scene. It's time to 
worry a little less about who's straight edge, 
crusty, etc and time to figure out how to help 
support one another. I'm not saying that peo- 
ple can't sometimes get into fights and black 
each other's eyes or hate someone else's mu- 
sic tastes, what I'm saying is that maybe we 
can sometimes forget our differences and 
find a way to make it better for all of us - 1 
probably don't agree with a lot of Tim Yohan- 
nan's politics, and for that matter, with many 
others on the staff. The reason I choose to 
align myself with people like Yohannan is 
very clear: no business as usual. MRR does 
not support the attitude of "Too bad I fucked 
you over, now go fuck yourself." Simply put, 
eventhough musically I might enjoy the latest 
Flowers of Grain release more than the latest 
MRR vinyl offering, I'll still hope that Tim's 
goals come to fruition cus I share nothing in 
common other than musical tastes witn that 
other aforementioned sack of shit. 

There is no justifiable reason why we 
should not be able to properly distribute our 
music and literature (and therefore our ideas 
and values) at a reasonable price, get paid, 
and pay everyone who's owed: no reason 
whatsoever except complete selfishness - the 
idea that in order for your life to be rich with 
value all others must be reduced to malnour- 
ished slaves. By nature of us all being human, 
no one is completely innocent in regards to 
pulling fucked up stuff but there's got to be a 
line drawn where we all realize that it's not 
worth crossing over to get what's on the other 
side if we are to truly claim to offer an alterna- 
tive to what's already available from the sta- 
tus quo (not the band but society at large). 

Now let's get on to the meat of this 
column. Today's topic will be distributors: 
what is their function and how can you tell 
when they're functioning poorly. Imagine if 
you had a label (and many of you do) with 
four releases, each one capable of selling 
maybe around a thousand copies. Now chanc- 
es are that most record stores and small, 
localized mailorders don't have the time to 
contact every label directly as there are way 
too many labels out there. Along comes the 
distributor who not only carries your label 
but also many other labels so the stores, in one 
easy purchase order, are able to acquire lots of 
titles they would otherwise not have the time 
to deal directly with the labels to get. In return 
for being your liaison to these customers, the 
distributor adds on a small percentage above 
your price and charges that to their custom- 
ers. These mark ups can range anywhere 
from 15 to 30 percent and can add up to quite 
a huge wad of cash when you consider the 
large quantities some distros are able to move 
(of course, as you might've realized that so far 
I've stuck to the classic example of a distribu- 
tor and not one which basically amounts to a 



small stall at local gigs or mailorder compa 
ny). 

Now in order to carry so many titles 
from so many labels, the distributor usually 
deals on terms, as they're probably not rich 
enough to shell out the enormous amounts of 
money it would cost to pay for everything 
cash upon delivery. The two most frequent 
terms (and probably the only ones I know 
exist) are consignment or net. Consignment 
means that each month or two the distributor 
sends you a sales statement for what sold 
during that time period and pays you for the 
sold items. (Sold meaning that the customer 
has actually paid for the items and not items 
that have been merely shipped.) Net means 
that within a certain amount of days (net 30, 
net 60, net 90, etc) the distributor makes one 
or several payments which fully pay off the 
entire order shipped, or at least the sold por- 
tion thereof and returns the unsold portion to 
the label. Sometimes distributors will return 
items from a previous invoice (a sheet with a 
breakdown of titles, quantities, unit price per 
each CD, 7", etc., shipping charges - if any, 
and total amount due on the order. Books of 
professional blank invoice sheets may be 
purchased cheaply at your local stationary 
store for as little as $4.00 for 50 3-part invoices 
(if you don't already have your own comput- 
er-generated invoices) against money owed 
on a more current invoice, which ends up 
with you receiving back items you consid- 
ered already sold. 

Now of these terms we discussed I 
would consider consignment to usually be 
the worst deal possible as it leaves disreputa- 
ble distros the opportunity to drag out pay- 
ments as long as possible and still claim that 
they haven't ripped you off. Net terms mean 
that on a net 60, if you've not been paid yet, 80 
days after they received the shipment and not 
given a reasonable explanation (though a lot 
of distributors will just ignore your request 
for payment) you might have a problem on 
your hands. 

When everything is run honestly, dis- 
tros are an indispensable way to get those 
LPs, 7"s, etc taking up space into the hands of 
those who want them. Unfortunately, a good 
deal of the time small labels are forced to cut 
back, give up, go under, hire expensive law- 
yers they can't really afford, etc simply be- 
cause some sleazy distro or distros have 
dragged out payment indefinitely, refused to 
pay, or in some cases gone bankrupt. In turn, 
the buck is then passed down to the label who 
is then made to look like the bad guy because 
they now can't afford to pay the band money 
that they never received - or have to push 
back or altogether abandon a project. 

So how do I avoid getting into these bad 
distro situations? Good question. The smar- 
tass in me would answer Don't start a label. " 
Honestly, there is no way to 100 percent avoid 
these kinds of problems (unless you're one of 
the lucky few hooked up with Mordam or 
some other like-minded people). That said, 
there are tips I can give you to thin the odds of 
getting ripped oft way, way down. Under- 
stand that this will limit your distribution 
options, should you decide to deal with only 
distros you feel you will not have to fight with 
for your money. Then again, why deal with 
the creeps and the headache unless you have 



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major time and money to burn. 

One of the first things I can never stress 
enough is keeping close, friendly contact with 
at least a handful of cool smaller labels like 
your own across the country and the rest of 
the world. The hundreds that I've spent on 
phone calls shooting the shit and exchanging 
distro performance /horror stories has liter- 
ally saved me thousands of dollars as well as 
much peace of mind. If these labels all have 
similar horror stories about a specific distro 
then it's probably safe to assume that they are 
not lying, which means you should heed their 
warning. It can also be a good idea to keep a 
friendly relationship with a label much larger 
than your own. Very simple logic dictates 
that if your releases sell 1,000 - 3,000 on aver- 
age and theirs sell 10,000 - 30,000, if they can't 
fet paid, you're even less likely to get paid, 
he reason is that larger indies are the bread 
and butter of a lot of distros and sometimes 
can mean the difference between sink or swim. 
Any distro with an ounce of intelligence will 
tell you that it's much easier to deal with one 
larger label than 10 or 20 smaller ones to move 
the same amount of units. Another person 
you might want to get to know is the buyer at 
your local cool indie record store who seems 
to always stock the latest titles you're looking 
for, both large and small. If the store does a 
decent business and has a good selection of 
many labels/titles, this means that more than 
likely they're in good standing with their 
distros so there's no reason for their distros to 
treat them poorly. Buyers can tell you all 
kinds of things about a distributor: which 
ones give prompt service, send the wrong 
titles, have bad tills (a fill means what they 
actually send you from their list that you've 
ordered- If you order 100 pieces/ 18 titles and 
they only send 35/7, then that equates to a 
very bad fill.), etc. Bad fills, especially on 
exclusives, can mean that a distro isn't being 
properly supplied by the labels simply be- 
cause they aren't paying off what they owe, 
or worse yet, a warning sign of impending 
bankruptcy. With a distributor that can't even 
keep organized enough not to send out lots of 
wrong orders to the stores it services, chances 
are they won't deal with your label any better. 
You might even want to tell the distrib- 
utor that you are a potential wholesale cus- 
tomer needing a current catalog and see how 
quickly they respond. A distro that doesn't 
respond maybe doesn't move inventory, and 
therefore, doesn't pay. When calling the dis- 
tributor, is everything on voice mail? You can 
never speak to a real live human? Do they 
rarely return your calls? It could mean in 
some cases that they're trying to avoid people 
they owe money. Once you do get to talk to 
someone and they behave in a condescend- 
ing manner, acting like they'll be doing you a 
huge favor to take your stuff, then maybe 
later on down the road, they'll consider it too 
big a "favor" to pay you. Always ask the 
distributor for the names of other labels they 
deal with, stating that you never deal with a 
distro without a handful of positive referrals. 
If they respond in an annoyed manner or are 
always too busy for your request then maybe 
they 'fear what those labels will say about 
them. Finally, has the distributor hired any 
dirty employees from distributors well known 
by everyone for ripping people off? If they 



don't care about their reputation for honesty 
when choosing workers then maybe they 
won't care what you think of them once it s 
time to get paid. (Besides, who would want a 
ripoff employee except a ripoff?) 

Well, there you have it. Just a few of the 
things to look for when choosing a distribu- 
tor. By no means was this anywhere near a 
complete look at our topic, but hey, I've got 
other stuff to do! No doubt, some people 
might disagree with some of my observa- 
tions, it's been known to happen. 

Anything to add, suggestions for future 
topics you'd like to see covered, etc. contact 
me c/o Grand Theft Audio (Just don't expect 
me to individually write back to anyone as I 
barely have enough time for my other obliga- 
tions) GTA, 501 W. Glenoaks Blvd., Ste. 313, 
Glendale, CA 91202, USA. 

On a non-related topic, GTA is looking 
for another honest label to possibly release 
the new Raw Power album (don't worry, it 
doesn't sound like the metal stuff of recent, 
think more along the lines of Screams From 
the Gutter and After Your Brain.) because 
we've just got way too much to do. I'm going 
to be helping Raw Power to hopefully set up 
another deal with another label. Scum bags 
need not apply, and trust me, I'm very good 
at sniffing you people out so don't even both- 
er wasting your time. 



WITH NICK FITT 



* * 



November 16, 1997. I take a train to 
Boston and hop off at Back Back. I walk five 
blocks down Dorchester and Tremont Streets 
in the freezing cold to get to the Pathfinder 
Bookstore for a meeting about communist 
education. As I walk there, I pass by what I 
believe is an engraving place. Fm actually not 
very sure. I look in and remember how things 
were. 

Sometime in the Fall of 1996. These are 
some good times. I'm back in school, and 
making some friends there with people that I 
previously never got along with. You've read 
about all of them in one place or another- 
whether I be talking about the mall or birth- 
days I've had. I'm out every weekend doing 
something and my mind has not time to 
concentrate on school or anything else that 
might decay my existence. My whole life is 
social- whether it be the mall or hardcore or 
bad horror movies- there is nothing but pure 
fun. It was cool in its day. I wouldn't want to 
do it anymore, but it was cool in its day. 

Dave, Ike and I walk two miles to the 
local train station in Assholeboro one day to 
hop on the train to Boston. We get on the train 
and hear a drunk guy sing old soul songs to us 
the whole ride there and inform us of his 
claim to the Irish throne. Finallv, our train 
arrives and we walk around bullshitting for 



some time. We catch some grub, we grab a 
fistful of free money from our favorite store 
managers, we spend the day like most cheer- 
leaders do at the mall (I know what you're 
thinking, but it's different when we go to the 
mall.., I barely do anymore, but trust me, it's 
just different). We check shit out and mostly 
ouy a lot of stuff. 

Finally, the night approaches. Things 
get cold. We remember our purpose here. 

Below Zero Records. We have heard 
many tales, but have never actually ventured 
inside of this unholy pit of evil. We really 
have no idea where it is. 690 Tremont is all 
we're told. There is no Tremont Street stop. 
After much to do, we finally decide that the 
best route is by Green Line (actually, it isn't, 
but I don't find that out until about a month 
after it becomes completely irrelevant). 

The whole time we're trying to get there 
we experience some of the finer points of 
Boston. "Tremont Street! At this hour?! You'll 
be lucky if you're not killed!" 

Being the brave souls that we are, the 
crew decides to brave both the cold and the 
words of wisdom and head down. It's a weird 
time. A time I don't think I can ever duplicate. 
I don't really think you can ever duplicate any 
time, but I see this period of my life where I 
had a lot of immature fun, and for some 
reason this night in particular stands out as 
clear as crystal. 

We trudge up by the Prudential Center 
in the freezing cold and snow. As cars and 
people blaze by, hopping in and out of the bar 
and grills that line the street and ritzy hotels 
where they stay, we can be heard. 

"...Farrakhan's a prophet and I think 
you oughta listen to..." 

"...in the United States alone an animal 
is killed every three seconds..." 

"...so I threw the rock..." 

"...take my hand and we'll make it our 
swear..." 

We are noticed, but not appreciated. 

Finally, we get the street that runs per- 
pendicular to Tremont. The street where the 
whole of modern civilization is supposed to 
decay in a sea of urban violence. We walk 
halfway up the street when Dave comes to a 
realization. 

"Does any of this look familiar to any- 
one?" He says. 

"No...' I reply. 

"Why, should it?" Ike says, with his 
usual what-is-it-on-god's-green-earth-that- 
you-are-talking-about look. 

"This is where they filmed the Cosby 
Show." Dave begins laughing. We all do. This 
neighborhood is lined with oeautiful town- 
houses, expensive Volvos and BMWs and 
yuppies walk through the parks at night. 
However, there is one major problem with 
this neighborhood- at least in the eyes of 
everyone who described it. It's a black neigh- 
borhood . And I don't think the crime we were 
being warned of was not to buy junk bonds 
from the yuppies. 

Finally, we reach our destination. It 
looks closed, yet we walk in. Uneasily, all of 
us say hello to the four people hanging out 
around the store. They all own it / work 
there. We peruse around, buy some records, 
some anti-nazi patches, some black t-shirts... 
you know the drill. 



GPLVMm 



What I like is the frantic conversation 
between Ike, Dave and I as we feel uneasy 
about the silence. 

"Ahhh, yes... Hellnation... what's the 
name of their Top 40 Hit?" Ike asks. 

"I believe that would be 'Anarchy'. The 
kids just can't seem to get enough of that 
tune." Dave replies. 

"Yeah... that's phat shit." I say. 
This is where the conversation begins to 
get really interesting. 

"That's the ill shit." Ike says. 
"Yes, Isaac Miller. I also find that record 
to be on the dope side." Says Dave. 

You get the picture. We continue using 
different hip teen adjectives to describe this 
CD for about fifteen minutes when one of the 
owners finally chirps in with "Listen to the 
hip lingo the kids out in Attleboro are using." 
We're quite puzzled about how they 
know where we're from. 

We buy very little. We say a whole lot. 
Our conversation continues with the owners 
until the last train to A-boro leaves and we 
have to get home. 

We get home by about half past mid- 
night and talk the whole way of our oddessy 
at the first store in Boston with a decent 
selection of the music we like. 

Is any of this terribly important? No... 
however, I do think that it's worth noting that 
Below Zero closed (at least in one way) not 
too long ago. I think that with BZ closing a 
small part of myself was lost that I could 
never regain. It was a reminder of a good time 
in my life when I always had money to get the 
fuck out of Attleboro and have fun. 

Do vou ever look back on an earlier time 
and say ' I like where I am now, even though 
it's completely different, but shit were those 
some good rimes." That's how I feel about 
those days. And I don't much like the idea 
that other kids won't have the experience of 
going through that. I'm out of that stage of my 
life now, but I still feel a loss. It's like when 
they chopped down the woods near the apart- 
ment complex I lived in as a small child. Did 
I still want to go play there? No. But I felt a 
sentimental attatchment to the place that I 
could never get away from, no matter how 
over that period in my life was. 

Below Zero Records- we at DMR Posse 
salute you for the good times you gave us. In 
additition we than you for the stories and bad 
inside jokes you've provided us with. I don't 
think a week goes by where some one doesn't 
say "I was thinking about getting S-K-I-N 
tatooed on one hand and H-E-A-D on the 
other." 

It's silly. No one really cares but me 
Sometimes I get a little nostalgic. When I look 
at my Hello Kitty coin bank I think of those 
days. Whenever I pass by whatever shitty 
little enterprise is where Below Zero was, I 
feel it too. It's kind of like losing a girlfriend. 

Now I'm done. 
ENDNOTES: 

1. Write me if you want. 404A South Main 
•Street, Attleboro, MA 02703. 

2. Write Ike if you want my band's demo. It's 




six dollars. Actually, call him and ask him if 
he has any in first. Or call if you want to play 
a show with us or book us. We're power pop 
People seem to like us. Ike- 37 Fisher Ave 
Attleboro, MA 02703. (508)222-5%! 



I was going to talk about getting thrown 
in jail by jackbooted government thugs this 
month, but my case is still under review so 
here are some thoughts about commodifica- 
tion of punk. 

I once thought that hardcore punk rock 
was so far underground and so at odds with 
the dominant culture that it could never be 
assimilated. I was so very wrong. We live now 
in an era where former peace punk band Chum- 
bawamba's music is piped into corporate fast 
food restaurant dining areas. Where anarchy 
is not a political ideology but a brand of sun- 
glasses. Where studded leather and mohawks 
are seen in glossy magazine spreads. 

Back in the 1970 s a book called Terrorist 
Chic examined how what society perceived as 
dangers, marginal, and extreme elements made 
their way into cutting edge fashion. In our 
lifetimes punk rock has gone through several 
periods of commodification and commercial- 
ization. The most scintillating and marketable 
forms of that which is extreme and radical are 
carefully packaged and turned into saleable 
commodities for a mass market. A great exam- 
ple is the anarchy t-shirt. As punk rose from 
the streets it was a rebellious and anti-estab- 
lishment movement. Political inclinationif any 
was towards anti-establishment ideologies. 
One notably vociferous faction championed 
anarchism and situationism. Jamie Reid the 
artist and designer behind the Sex Pistols pub- 
lic image used situationist motifs and anar- 
chistic slogans to package a teenage rock n' roll 
band as a rebel social movement. Bands like 
Crass advanced anarchist and pacifist ideas 
from a totally anti -commercial standpoint. This 
exposed a significant element of the rebellious 
young population to anti-authoritarian ideas 
from a new perspective: punk music rather 
than political literature or debate. The circled 
capital A became a readily recognizable sym- 
bol. In the tradition of advertising logos, polit- 
ical or religious symbolism, the circled A be- 
came a piece of instantly recognizable mean- 
ing. This is no treatise on semiotics, but suffice 
it to say circle A was in league with Hammer 
and Sickle, Cross, Swastika, Chevrolet logo, 
etc. Such an idea reduced to simple symbolism 
is ripe for commodification and totally open to 
interpretation. What such a symbol means to 
each individual varies widely. What matters 
is that it has become a commodity. Soon anar- 
chy t-shirts appear between Abba and 
Black Sabbath on head shop walls, ripping the 
symbol out of any political or ideological con- 
text into the realm of commodity. "Anarchy, 
dude, cool man." 

Why does society need to commodify 
punk rock? One good reason is that subcul- 
tures and counter cultures are fertile ground 
for intellectual and artistic innovation, pro- 
viding the raw material for the next big thing 



Historically that which is avant garde is slow- 
ly assimilated into the mainstream in a wa- 
tered down palatable form. In the 1960's the 
psychedelic rock scene began as a radical fringe 
culture embracing communal living, drug use, 
and tripped out music. In a very short period' 
of time this "Scene" was transformed into a 
multi-billion dollar music and fashion 
industry. Kids in Des Moines were soon tun- 
ing in to the same hip vibe as those on Haight 
Ashbury thanks to mass marketing. Yet the 
commercialized youth culture was deprived 
of its radical political thrust being instead base 
don drug use and other forms of consumption. 
Why does such commodification become 
popular? Because young kids want to rebel. 
They feel a need to make a statement for their 
generation against the last. They have a desire 
to express their individuality. They want to 
belong to a movement or group which makes 
them as if they have become part of something 
big and important. Rebellion then becomes a 
hot item. Prepackaged rebellion produced by 
a culture industry. Gangster Rap and Heavy 
Metal are two very successful projects to mar- 
ket rebellion to youth, making millions of dol- 
lars m the process. Such commidified rebel- 
lion really never challenges the status quo 
since it is part of the corporate structure which 
is the status quo. 

Punk Rock of the 1970's was quickly 
seized upon by major labels and repackaged 
as New Wave. The creative and rebellious 
impulse of the early punk movement ironical- 
ly resulted in more disco dance music. Of 
course a die-hard band of true fans for musical 
or political reasons kept the punk spirit alive 
on the underground and Hardcore was born 
Lets go back to the early 1980's for a moment. 
Colored hair, pierced noses, tattoos, combat 
boots, motorcycle jackets were all pretty ex- 
treme, worn only punk rockers and a few 
biker/metal types. Now a short time later 
everybody has green hair, facial piercings, 
tattoos and buys Dr. Marten boots at the local 
mall. When I was a kid you had to have some- 
one in England buy you Dr.- Martens and mail 
them over. So we can see how the fashion 
world has taken what were once expressions 
of non-conformity, rebellion and social rejec- 
tion and made them into easily consumable 
commodities. 

One of the biggest money makers for the 
culture industry is pop-music Compact discs 
which cost about a dollar to make commonly 
retail for 10-15 bucks. Concert ticket prices of 
$20-25 are common and merchandising a band 
with t-shirts, hats, etc. adds another huge area 
of profitability. For the musician joining the 
big time can be attractive. Gettin' money for 
nothin' being a rock star sure beats playing all 
ages shows in some kids basement for twenty 
bucks. So in a process as old as popular music 
itself, the artist compromises his or her integ- 
rity, tones down any controversial stance they 
might have, and writes music for the mass 
market. Their true fans scream "sell out/' The 
artist argues that they are reaching more peo- 
ple with their message and can finally work on 
their music full time, etc, etc. We have seen this 
with folk musicians, '60s rock bands, the early 
punk scene, the heavy metal crossover, and 
lately pop-punk and ska-punk. I, for one, am 
no lover of the wimp v pop music tha t claims to 
be punk. I'm fine with the stuff from 20 years 



ago like the Clash, SLF and the Vibrators. 
When I hear that "she loves you la, la, Ta" stuff 
that Fat, Epitaph, and Lookout have built their 
fortunes on, I reach for my revolver. I say drop 
the hammer on pop ana ska and bring back 
'80s hardcore, but I m getting off track, bands 
like Chumbawamba and Propagandhi have 
gotten a lot of props for playing political pop 
music. What then is political about pop music? 
Does it not by it's very format scream main- 
stream commodification? Isn't it only a matter 
of time before it is sucked into the trend ma- 
chine no matter how good the artists inten- 
tions are. I find it ironic that Crass, who were 
one of the most political, most inspiring anti- 
commercial punk bands ever, unwittingly 
spawned a batch of ex-punk pop and disco 
bands: Flux, Rubella Ballet, Chumbawamba, 
Omega Tribe, Zounds, Honey Bane, KUKL 
and the Poison Girls all started as political 
punk bands but then 'progressed' to a more 
commercial pop or disco sound. (I'm not try- 
ing to dis Crass or Crass records here, 'Stations 
of the Crass' is till a classic record but you can 
see the phenomenon I discussed above mani- 
fested in the '10 Notes on a Summer Day' 12") 
The funny part is that they all made much 
better punk music than pop and only Bjork 
and Chumbawamba have tasted any commer- 
cial success, this after ten years of trying. While 
visiting my grandparents in south Florida I 
went to see Against All Authority play in a 
club. Any social or political stance these ska- 
punk cats may have had seemed lost on the 
preppie kids who had come to see them. Look- 
ing at the crowd around me I was reminded of 
the jocks and preppies who pushed me around 
in high school for being a punk. And now they 
were in a club listening to the same music as 
me? Propagandhi or Against All Authority 
might be the greatest guys and really believe 
in the message they are promoting but its 
seems when packaged in a format usually 
reserved for mindless drivel their message 
becomes lost in the format. That is to say that 
the kids who consume it are pop fans alone, 
not punks or rebels or otherwise at odds with 
the status quo. Dillinger 4 are great guys and 
friends of mine but I'm afraid that the rest of 
their career will be a struggle to maintain 
integrity in the face of commodification. May- 
be it's me, but when I hear Avail, Fugazi, 
Citizen Fish, Chumbawamba or any of these 
sort of bands I don't hear any anger, any 
message, anything but more pop-music just 
like what they play on the radio. In contrast 
when I listen to Crucifix, Minor Threat, Crass, 
Discharge or BGK it reaches me on a more 
viscerallevel, that is I can feel the anger, the 
energy, the feeling behind the message. And it 
precisely these sort of bands who are just a 
little too raw-edged to become commodified 
and made into pop-music acts. So how much 
does the style determine the substance and the 
substance determine the style? 

I went to see the Misfits a few days back. 
I thought I would offer some comments on the 
whole "back from the grave" phenomenon. 
Rather than address any of the serious sides of 
this issue I'll approach it from that of a music 
fan. Warning to old bands currently reform- 
ing: nobody cares about your new material! 
No one goes to see Fear to hear them play 
songs off of their fifth album! I remember the 
first time the Bad Brains got back together and 



played a big comeback show at WUST radio 
hall and a few at the 9:30 Club. They were 
terrific, blinding fast hardcore and I swear 
everybody there who was a true hardcore fan 
knew every song. Then six months later the 
lackluster rock album I against I is released 
and forms the basis for the Bad Brains live set. 
Confused we stand motionless in the pit as the 
band plays on waiting for them to play a song 
we know . So it was at the Misfits the other 
night. They played here about a year ago, it 
was a set full of the classics. On this tour most 
of the songs they played sounded like Me tal- 
lica and the singer has quit trying to be like 
Danzig and now tries to be like Alice Cooper. 

For what it's worth, I rate come- 
backs: Battalion of Saints-still pretty good, their 
new material is not so bad. One original mem- 
ber. Varukers-very good, also their new mate- 
rial is top notch. Final Conflict-another worth- 
while return, good new material, very good 
live. Misfits-starting to lose it, too much new 
material live. DRI-after being a shitty metal 
band for almost 10 years they go on tour with 
mostly material from the first three albums, 
excellent until they start playing the new stuff 
which is Sabbath style slo-core. Meatmen-I 
was never a big fan but their stage show is 
pretty entertaining. Seven Seconds-I got 
thrown out of a 7 Seconds show in 1987 for 
heckling them because their new material 
sounded like REM, haven't gone to see them 
since. Youth Brigade-played a lot of old songs, 
but who can forget 'the Brigade" LP which 
was a real kick in the nuts. Sex Pistols-to be 
honest, I was never much of a fan, so I didn't 
go. Circle Jerks-they were terrible, played one 
or two songs I knew and a Wierdos cover. 
Fear-still has an obnoxious schtick but played 
a lot of new stuff, still plenty of classics. 

Does anyone remember Chicago's Arti- 
cles of Faith? A great hardcore band with a lot 
to say, now all but forgotten. Their first 7" 
"What We Want Is Free" came out in 1982 
with 500 copies on Version Sound and 500 on 
Wasteland. Their second 7 "Wait" came out in 
1983, 500 pressed on Wasteland/ Affirmation. 
1984 saw the LP "Give Thanks" on Reflex 
Records. AOF also appeared on comps like 
"Master Tape Vol "1 and the classic "Peace" 
comp. Like most early '80s American hard- 
core, this material was re-released by Ger- 
mans. Bitzcore compiled the LP and 7"s as the 
"Core" LP about 1991. Their singer, Vic Bondi, 
later put his experience brow beating spoiled 
kids to use and became a college professor, so 
you can guess the lyrics are thoughtful and 
well written. The music is a cut above most 
early '80s hardcore as it is angry and powerful 
yet somewhat melodic at the same time. I still 
find the lyrics very poignant and inspiring 
especially Vic's observations of the media and 
society. I first heard AOF on an MRR radio 
show and on the "Peace" comp. Beyond just 
being catchy hardcore they seem to have a 
handle on much of the alienation I felt from 
mainstream culture and society. It's a same I 
never got to see them. The first two 7"s are 
now collector's items but the 
"Core" LP shouldn't be too hard to find, and 
it's money much better spent than on what 
they try to sell you as punk rock these days. In 
closing, I'll quote Vic Bondi from the liner 
notes of the Core" LP: "It seems to me, that 
hardcore was one expression of protest against 



this state of affairs. It wasn't political in the 
sense of parties, or ideology, or the dogma of 
organized competition for power; it was polit- 
ical in it's resistance to coercion, in being so 
"hardcore", that it couldn't be manipulated, 
couldn't be commoditized, couldn't become 
one more bail in the pig trough of consumer- 
ism. There was something necessarily human 
at the center, at the core of hardcore, and like 
human beings it had a variety of 
expressions: mule headed stubbornness, Di- 
onysian nihilism, proto-fascist ignorance, 
pompous leftist posturing; innocent hope, en- 
lightened hope, skeptical hope, no hope. There 
was as many hardcores as mere were people, 
but they all had this in common: an inaccessi- 
bility, an inability to be manipulated, a sense 
of integrity which on their terms made it be 
impossible to be bought." Right on, Vic, ex- 
cept that he uses hardcore in the past tense, as 
if it had died and gone to heaven. Vic Bondi 
may be gone but in the suburbs and on the 
streets hardcore still rules! 




COCKNEY REJECTS 

AND AMERICAN REJECTS 
Hey streetpunks! OXYMORON is back 
with a killer album called "The Pack is Back". 
This excellent LP has all kind of hit songs. Side 
A starts out with an upbeat number "Get a 
Gun", flows through You're a Bore (You 
Whore)" and slams right into "We Rule O.K." 
and "Bleed". Side two rages oi all over you 
from the start with "Kamikaze", "The Pigs", 
"Crazy World", "Scream and Shout". "Insane" 
and "Weirdoz". This record continues OXY- 
MORON'S assault on the senses - this band is 
consistently strong! Contact: Sucker c/o Kicki 
Weyers, Heidackerstr 8, 91056 Erlangen, Ger- 
many, or Knockout Records, Postfach 10 07 16 
46S2/ 7 Dinslaken Germany, distributed by Car- 
go Records America, 713-772-6005. 

Last month BOVVER WONDERLAND 
released a great 10" picture disk on Scumfuck 
Records called "Born to Booze" . Side one starts 
out with an instrumental and then lurches 
right into BOVVER WONDERLAND'S field 
of expertise-drinking! The songs unfold in 
dramatic fashion, "Sauced for Life", "Born to 
Booze", "Shaken, Not Stirred", and "Pissed 
and Proud". This is good shit with shouted 
harmonies and good guitar playing. Side two 
kicks you in the head right away with "Any- 
where But Here" and then segues into "Drink 
on Right On" . There's a good tune called "One 
For The Road ", then right back into an extend- 
ed version of "Born to Booze". Are you begin- 
ning to get the gist of this subject matter? 
DRINKING! Order this fine merchandise from: 
Scumfuck Records, Post Fach 100709, 46527 
Dinslaken, Germanv. 

Last month the LOWER CLASS BRATS 



had a good split with the DEAD END CRUI! 
ERS on Second To None Records. The LOWER 
CLASS BRATS selections "Addicted to Oi" 
and "Who Do They Save" are more of the top 
quality streetpunk/oi songs that you've come 
to expect from this crew. In "Who Do They 
Save*, LOWER CLASS BRATS sing: "...I'll 
stand up and fight, but not for fuckin slogans 
from the left or right. Politics is the enemy and 
justice is the goal' . This shit is great! On the flip 
DEAD END CRUISERS turn in two decent 
punk numbers for your listening pleasure. 
Order this EP from: Second to None Records, 
P.O. Box 4947, Austin, TX 78765. . 

Oi, Oi, Oi you fucks! Japan's illustrious 
oi boys the DISCOCKS have a great new LP for 
you on Knockout Records. It's called DIS- 
COCKS "Punk and Proud, Long Live Oi- 10 
Oi! Oi! Anthems". From the beginning notes of 
"Voice of Youth" on side Oi! right through the 
fine BUSINESS cover "Drinking and Driv- 
ing", this fucker rocks. Side two features oi 
anthems like "Have Your Fun Tonight", "We 
Are Proud Punks", and "Oi Power". This 
record is a good indication of how energetic 
the DISCOCKS are. We hope they come back 
to the states soon. 

DSS Records /Longshot Records has re- 
leased a first rate "Cockney Rejects Greatest 
Tribute Vol.1". This EP features the spectacu- 
lar BOVVER 96 from Philadelphia, Pennsyl- 
vania doing "Oi Oi Oi", as well as Huntington 
Beach, California's favorite sons THE AU- 
THORITY covering "Headbaneer". Great! On 
the flipside we have FIRST STRIKE out of 
N.Y., N. Y. doing "Police Car" and THE TROU- 
BLE MAKERS from Laval, Quebec with "Flares 
and Slippers". Very good. Get this! 

Creep Records from West Chester, Penn- 
sylvania has a righteous punk compilation out 
now called "Songs for the Witching Season, a 
Punk Rock Tribute to the Devil's Holiday". 
Thispunk-as-fuck EP is populated by BLANKS 
77 doing "Fuck Halloween", SHOWCASE 
SHOWDOWN doing "The Only Scary Thing 
About Halloween Is Your Fucking Face", THE 
BOILS playing "Devil's Eye" and PATRIOT 
with their song "Evil Spirits". Order this slab 
now and you can party with the punk ghouls 
all year round. Write: Creep Records, Suite 
220, 252 E. Market St., West Chester, Pennsyl- 
vania 19381. 

Hey Streetpunks! Orlando and his UNIT- 
ED BLOOD have a great debut out on Chee- 
tah's Records. The carnage starts out with 
"Sons of Liberty", a good oi/streetpunk num- 
ber. Side two continues with the powerful 
punk sounds of "Brainwash" and "Raise Your 
Pint". This record is good! Order your's now 
from Cheetah's Records: P.O. Box 4442, Berke- 
ley, CA 94704. 

Walzerk Records from Ireland has some 
interesting submittals this month. The blast of 
SKINT's ' 7"s of Noize" comes echoing out of 
the speakers. On "Remember the Days" and 
"But Not Me", these streetpunks take you by 
the ear and make you pay attention. Walzerk 
Records other contributions are THE PRIDE 
CD from Belgium and the VANILLA MUF- 
FINS CD from Switzerland. These two have 
some good cuts on them but there's some 
generic filler type material too. Perhaps a sin- 
gle or an EP by these two would be preferred. 

Mad Butcher Records out of Germany 
presents a very good dose of S.H.A.R.P. Skin 



approved Oi! music by the band THE STEAM 
PIG from Dublin, Ireland. This has intelligent 
lyrics but doesn't sacrafice the meatty street- 
punk beat. The CD is entitled WY- ID T' D' 
DOUBLE IN and it gets the thumbs up review 
from Rema! Find this one at your earliest con- 
venience. 

Next up you have DISTORTION from 
Germany on Oi the Boys Records, doing hard 
edged slower melodic oi. This LP is called 
"Brothers Under the Skin" and there's some 
good bits on here. 

In the trash punk department there's 
some good entries this month. California's B 
MOVIE RATS have a pretty rockin' LP called 
"Killer Woman" on Deadbeat Records. This is 
fast, gutsy, rock n' roll, which these guys play 
with some of the same abandon that NASH- 
VILLE PUSSY exhibits. 

Then you have those sick fucks THE 
DIRTYS from Michigan singing about every- 
body's favorite topics: drinking, fighting and 
fucking! These miscreants have the complete 
tits and ass sleeve on this record that's bound 
to appeal to you Neanderthals! The songs are 
all nasty punk ditties like you might hear from 
the HOOKERS or the CANDY SNATCHERS. 
Oh Yes! Those magnificent CANDY 
SNATCHERS, those fun guys you love to drink 
with! Centsless Records presents a red hot 
little EP by our favorite losers. The whole mess 
starts with the DEAD BOYS "Dead and Alive" 
and crashes directly into "Sounds like Shit", 
showcasing Mr. Larry May's ever-so-dramat- 
ic vocals. Flip the bitch over and you have "We 
Never Learn", a full throttle CANDY 
SNATCHERS instant classic! Matt Odietus 
plays great guitar on this one. Get this record! 

Hey! It's one of the best debuts from any 
bar-room brawling, gasoline stinkin', hoppecl 
up dragster punks for many a moon! We're 
talkin' about THE LONG GONES and these 
wild mothers from Cincinnati, Ohio have a 
burnin' EP out now that'll have you checking 
your ass to make sure it didn't catch on fire! 
Over -the- top recording by Andy Slob - This 
shit blows away all those current Ripoff 
records! Available from Shake It Records, 4136 
Florida Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223. 

Johnny's Radio Records out of Sonoma, 
California has a blistering hit with THE DIS- 
APPOINTMENTS from Harrisburg, Pennsyl- 
vania. This EP is simply called "Sex, Drugs 
and Puke" and the little motherfucker has 
three good and snotty punk tunes for you. 
Check this one out right away! "Teenage Dis- 
ease", "Loud, Drunk and High" and "Drink- 
ing and Puking" all have the hooks and the 
attitude that you can sink your teeth into. 
Raise a beer to the DISAPPOINTMENTS! Next 
up on Radio Records is a four song-four band 
7 ' compilation - Northern California versus 
.Southern California. The bands will include 
BOVVER WONDERLAND, BLADDER 
BLADDER BLADDER, THE BODIES and one 
more. Get in touch with Radio Records at 
PO BOX 1452, Sonoma, Ca. 95476- 707 434 
0783. 

Uh Oh! Those Norwegian perverts are 
back to sodomize you little boys again! TUR- 
BONEGRO has two offerings for you this 
month. First you have TURBONEGRO doing 
BOWIE'S "Suffragette City", b/ w spoken word 
on Bad Afro Records . Then you have a reissue 
ofagreatTURBONEGRO/ ANAL BABES split 



from 1995. Each band covers the other's song 
with TURBONEGRO doing "Flabby Sagging 
Flesh" and ANAL BABES covering 9 Tt Is 
Deathtime". Brutal stuff here! Listen with 
caution! 

A full-tilt hardcore punk compilation 
called "Kagaroobeer City is available on LP 
from Holland. There is some rough and tough 
punk laid down on this disk! Some of the 
bands represented are: ROCKS (Australia), 
URBAN DK (USA), TOE TO TOE (Australia), 
STRYCHNINE (USA), 10-96 (USA) and more. 
This is all fast, all hard, take-no-prisoners 
punk rock. Beware you pop-punk dweebs- 
this shit shows no mercy! 

The mighty BRISTLES from New Jer- 
sey, USA have a new LP out on Beer City 
Records called "Lifestyles of the Poor and 
Unknown". This the punk rock designed for 
drinking beer, turning the volume way up 
and pissing off the neighbors. This is good 
American punk served up the way its sup- 
posed to be - fast and strong with no apolo- 
gies to no one! 

FILTH F.C. came to town to remind all 
the streetpunks how the English pronounce 
OI! A rousing time was had by all the punks! 
Opening the first night was THE WORKIN' 
STIFFS with their new bass player Kevin- 
Welcome Kevin! Other fine moments were 
provided by THE REDUCERS, THE RAN- 
DUMBS, THE BURDENS and THE FOR- 
GOTTEN at their respective shows. Great!!! 
One can only wish that the REDUCERS would 
play regular- Glenn, Mike and the lads are as 
strong a streetpunk unit as you are going to 
see around these days. 

There's a good zine coming out of Allen- 
town, Pennsylvania called Dead Scene 'Zine. 
This zine has news, articles, fiction, and inter- 
views. Past issues have featured ANTI- 
HEROS, THE CHOICE, HEADWOUND, 
LOWER CLASS BRATS, and THE WRETCH- 
ED ONES. The current issue contains inter- 
views with DISORDERLY CONDUCT, THE 
DROPKICK MURPHYS, and THE UNRULY. 
Contact Shane at : Dead Scene Zine, P.O. Box 
805, Allentown, Pa. 18105. 

Those bad motherfuckers from Austra- 
lia, the COSMIC PSYCHOS, were in town for 
a rousing bit of pub-rock. On lead guitar was 
none other than Mr. John ONYAS providing 
the dirty wah-wah pedal! Fuckin' excellent! ! ! 

Till next time- 
See ya round.... 

I'll be seein'ya.... 

See you in Hell! 





Illtlfll! 

\£A Rense Bryant's 
g? 5 am. 

^ interview 



When I was visiting San Francisco in 
September I got to sit in on one of the MRR 
meetings. The themes for the next few issues 
were discussed. It was brought up that some- 
one should interview Pete Sticker Guy for the 



issue on punk shops, etc. Since I was familiar 
with Pete and his importance in our scene 
and since I wanted to prove I could do an 
interview that had nothing to do with sex, 
violence, or death, I volunteered my column 
for the interview. As always I waited until the 
last moment, and I actually captured the in- 
terview and got my column in on time. Will 
miracles ever cease? Pete Sticker Guy was a 
pleasure to interview. He had many impor- 
tant things to say, read for yourself. 

PETE STICKER GUY 

*** 

MRR: You're famous in the punk community 
as the Sticker Guy. How did you become the 
Sticker Guy? 

Pete: I had a lot of friends in bands. I would 
see other bands with these great vinyl stick- 
ers. I wanted to find a way for my friends' 
bands to also have cool vinyl stickers. My 
partner, at Sticker Guy, figured out how to 
make them in a cost efficient manner. That 
was almost five years ago. 
MRR: Did you make a conscientious choice 
not to have to work a 9-5 job in the main- 
stream? 

Pete: Yes, ever since I was in high school I 
tried to find a way to make money without 
working for other people. When I was in high 
school I would go to the store a and buy a 
bunch of 33 cent candy bars and go to school 
and sell them for 50 cents. I tried to start a 
graphic design business when I first got a 
computer. I made some flyers for some clubs, 
but that was it. I have had a distaste for 
working for other people since I was 14 years 
old. I also want to note that working for 
yourself does not mean that you do not work. 
It is hard work, but worth it. 
MRR: What are your current projects besides 
Sticker Guy? 

Pete: The sticker business has financed all the 
crap that I am doing. I put on shows in my 
basement. I've been doing that for four years. 
I still put on shows at other clubs. I was doing 
a fanzine called Enema. The next issue will 
come out at the first of the year. I have a record 
label called, 702 Records. This has been going 
for three to four years. My most recent project 
is opening a co-op record store, Resurrection 
Records, It is basically a volunteer ran record 
store. It has been opened now for nine months . 
It's doing okay. It is the biggest challenge of 
any of the projects I've taken on. Not to say I 
am the only person involved. There are ten 
people involved. I'm funding and organizing 
the store. I also booked a European tour for 
Scared of Chaka. I went on tour with them. 
So, I guess you could say I am a roadie too. 
MRR: How did you go from a one man mis- 
sion to having employees, etc.? 
Pete: Basically, I got to a point where I could 
not keep up on my own. Sticker Guy has been 
a two man operation from the beginning. Jay 
does all the printing. I do everything else 
(ads, art, accounting, answering mail, etc.) I 
couldn't handle the business ail alone. The 
mail was stacking up. My dream was to be 
able to live off this business. Now I have a 
new dream and it is to have two friends that 
can live off it too. I have two punks from a 
band called Vae Victus ( woe to the van- 
quished) who work for me. 
MRR: Is punk rock still important? Do you 
believe that there is any revolutionary poten- 



tial to it? 

Pete: Punk rock music is important. The ma- 
jority of "punk" today is not. Anyone that has 
revolutionary ideas, anyone that wants to 
bring about social revolution and is in a band 
that's looked up to has a huge potential to 
influence people. I'm disenchanted with the 
state of punk rock today. I went to a "punk 
rock" show where the Offspring, Good Rid- 
dance, and One Hit Wonder played. All there 
was there were a bunch of rocker chicks and 
dirt head guys. It wasn't a punk rock show. 
MRR: As a fellow workaholic is there any 
certain credo that you live your life by? 
Pete: Nothing catchy or poetic. "Keep busy to 
avoid boredom," is important. I am never 
bored I am always doing something. People 
should do something when they are bored 
instead of turning on the TV. You could be 
creatine something really cool for life, or some- 
thing that no one else is doing. If you start a 
business take it slow. One thing at a time. 
Even bands should start slow. Especially if 
you don't have any money. Start slow at a 
snail's pace and build up to establish your- 
self. 

MRR: Do bands keep coming to you after 
they're not so DIY? Do most bands return to 
you again and again for product? 
Pete: The cool bands keep coming to me. The 
people who care about the punk scene truly 
keep coming to me. Reel Big Fish came to me 
for years. Wnen they got signed to a major I 
saia I wouldn't do their stickers anymore. I 
don't do stickers for any band signed to a 
label owned by a multinational cooperation. 
MRR: Business aside, who are some of your 
favorite punk bands? 

Pete: Musically: Turbonegro, Zeke, The Loud- 
mouths, Scared of Chaka, Sjpazz, and Dysto- 
pia. Inspirationally: Los Crudos, Refused 
(from Sweden), Propagandhi, Fun People 
(from Argentina) . The later bands have strong 
messages that I find inspirational. 
MRR: How is the Reno punk scene? 
Pete: It's pretty cool. I am really involved and 
I care a lot. There are some really good bands 
here, but not enough. Any cool bands that 
want to move to Reno are welcome. Critical 
Mass is happening here. Food Not Bombs is 
happening here. I am very active in political 
causes especially local level causes. Right now 
I am doing a benefit record for the Shoshone 
Indians, who are the original Nevadans. Ne- 
vada is 80% Shoshone country. Some of the 
bands on the compilation are Los Crudos, 
Scared of Chaka, Fun People, Spazz, etc. 
MRR: You seem to have a lot of credibility 
within the punk scene. Do you have anymore 
advice for those punks who want to start a 
business, but are afraid of being seen as cap- 
tains of industry? 

Pete: Start slow. Work your way up. Don't get 
a $10,000 loan unless you know what you are 
doing. Make sure you are doing something 
you enjoy. When you have a business it isn t 
a job you can quit. You have a bunch of little 
bosses and they are your customers. The whole 
"captain of industry" thing used to bother 
me. Capitalism is what I'm a part of. It isn't 
exactly terrible. It's all in how you organize 
yourself. You want to run a business that is 
ethical, fair and reasonable. Even anarchist 
bands who are anti-capitalist still sell their 
shirts and records for money and that is cap- 



italism. My question is that in an anarchist 
society, without police, who is going to keep 
people from selling to other people? I haven t 
seen this question addressed in any of the 
books I've read, so if anyone has the answer 
please mail it to me. 

MRR: You book shows. Do you want to be 
known as a contact in Reno? 
Pete: I want to be known for a contact for 
shows, but only for bands that I like. If anyone 
knows how I t can do this please let me know. 
MRR: Rates? Turn around time? Services? 
Pete: $20 and up. 2-6 weeks. Shows and stick- 
ers. Catalog available: Sticker Guy PO Box 
204 Reno,NV 89504 1 also want to point how 
that the Sticker Guy is auto-free. The whole 
punk scene has all its causes. There is so little 
anti-automobile movement. It surprises me. 
Punk rockers are not as involved in making a 
critical mass. Critical Mass started five years 
ago in San Francisco, people are encouraged 
through demonstration to seek other modes 
of transportation besides cars. I would think 
that more punks would be into this. 
MRR: Final words? 

Pete: Last thing, the DIY idea I got from 
reading zines like MRR. It's what got me 
believing in DIY. It's a really basic credo. The 
more you do yourself the better off you're 
going to be. I do most everything that sur- 
rounds this business. I don't understand peo- 
?le who don't do their own accounting , etc. 
hen again those are the people who can go 
have a oeer. Some people look at me weird 
because I have an office. I don't think they 
understand what having an office in your 
bedroom is like. You get sick of sitting in your 
room trying to work while everyone is hav- 
ing a good time. I would want to join in the 
fun all the time. Anyway, the office is only 
$210 a month. The end. 

Pete was so nice, five minutes after our 
interview he called my voice mail to thank me 
for taking time out of my busy schedule and 
to remind me how really unimportant he is. 
What a humble guy. One of the obvious rea- 
sons for this themed issue is to remind people 
that every time you spend a dollar it is a 
political decision, whether you like it or not. 
So do yourself a favor and keep your money 
in the punk scene if you can. One way to do 
that is by buying product from some of the 
people featured in this issue. Also get in- 
spired and get off your ass and start some- 
thing yourself. You would be surprised at 
how fast things can snowball for you. Speak- 
ing of getting off your ass, the all-girl fronted 
comp f ve been working on, "Put Some Pussy 
In Your Punk", on On The Rag Records, is 
finally finished. I just received my UPC sym- 
bols. The comp should be at a store near you 
in January. On The Rag Zine #6 is also finally 
finished. I would also like to apologize to all 
those bands who have contacted me for shows 
and I was unable to help them. I'm hoping to 
have organized myself more within the month 
so that lean help some out of town bands get 
shows in So. Cal. The Inland Empire is cool 
for shows with two consistent promoters 
doing punk shows at two different clubs at 
least twice a week, but it is hard for unknown 
bands to get shows, so if there is anyone in the 
I.E. who wants to put on some DIY garage 
type shows contact me and I'll help. PO Box 
251 Norco,CA 91760-0251. 







NATHAN BERG 



THE CHEMICAL PEOPLE 
Well, after my brief stint writing a non- 
watchdog column, it's time again to relay some 
good news from the corporate front. Actually, 
there's no good news to relay. (Does anyone 
see a pattern forming here?) OK! This month's 
rant will be directed at the major chemical 
companies. Now, if memory serves me well, 
Brian Zero has written about them a few times 
already, but that doesn't mean that they're off 
the hook yet/ ever. These guys have a well- 
documented history of corruption and decep- 
tion and need to be put in their place. And 
what better way to do it than in alphabetical 
order? Read on. 

The Dow Chemical Co., like most large 
conglomerates, has a slew of branches, joint- 
ventures, spin-offs, etc. It's necessary that we 
learn about them before proceeding. Aside 
from Dow Chem., they teamed up with major 
glass-maker, Corning, to create Dow Corning 
(These names seem to lack some creativity, 
huh?), to produce silicone products. Destec 
Eneryy, producers of cogenerated power and 
steam, is another Dow venture. Dow also made 
buddy-buddy with pharmaceutical giant, Eli 
Lilly, to produce agricultural chemicals under 
the name, Dow Elanco, which is in the process 
of changing it's name to Dow-Agro Sciences. 
(Lost yet?) (Eli Lilly, in case you didn't know, 
is the fine company that brought you Prozac. 
You're welcome.) They also nad their own 

Eharmaceutical company, Marion Merrell 
>ow, which they sold in % OK, that's that. 
Dow, not including their other ventures, 
does quite a bit on their own. You, of course, 
can find many of their products lining the 
shelves of your local stupormarket. They make 
cleaners like Spray-N-Wash, Fantastik, Yes, 
Vivid, and Dow bathroom cleaner. They also 
make Handi-Wrap and Saran Wrap, as well as 
Ziploc bags (making them an unlikely adver- 
sary to pot smokers everywhere!). And then, 
they make a herd of synthetic products like 
film and styrofoam, and a huge number of 
herbicides and insecticides. 

Under Dow Corning, they created the 
modern marvel of silicone breast implants. 
Yeah, you've heard about this before. They 
claimed these breast implants were miracu- 
lously safe. Many women (and I have to as- 
sume there were a few guys) jumped at the 
chance for larger breasts and Dow sold 1 mil- 
lion imp lants in the U.S. alone. However, some- 
thing went terribly (understatement) wrong. 
Many of the implants began to leak, and some 
of them even ruptured, causing disfigurement, 
migraines, auto- immune diseases, and chron- 
ic pain. Lawsuits began to spring up all over 
the place and, under pressure from the FDA, 
breast implant production was halted in '92. 
They were forced to pay half of a $4.2 billion 



settlement. And, just a few months ago, Dow 
was found guilty by a New Orleans jury of 
purposily concealing the health risks of im- 
plants! The jury also charged that Dow didn't 
adequately test the effects of silicone prior to 
production. This is serious shit. There's even 
the crazy tale of John and Colleen Swanson. 
He was head of an 'ethics dept/ at Dow Corn- 
ing (A profit-hungry multinational has an eth- 
ics dept. How cute! And you thought flipping 
burgers was a dead-end job!) and she got the 
breast implants. One ruptured and the other 
one leaked, despite all the assertions that they 
were completely safe. She ended up with the 
afformentioned symptoms and had to have 
them removed, wnich caused permanent scar- 
ring. Meanwhile, the company had the official 
position that breast implants were safe and 
continued to present that information to po- 
tential customers. Anyhow, it's a very inter- 
esting story and there's a book about it you 
could read. (It's called Informed Consent by 
John Byrne. Get it from a library, don't buy it. 
It's a McGraw-Hill book. That's bad.) 

So, anyhow, one could spend a good 
deal of time arguing that anyone who got 
silicone breast implants had a hole in their 
head to begin with. I mean, you should come 
to grips with whatyou were born with and 
deal with it, right? There's no need to change 
the way you look in such a serious manner. It's 
purely cosmetic — blah, blah, blah. It's a valid 
point. However, we live in a society that re- 
quires women to be objects of beauty. If you're 
not doing your most to look beautiful at any 
given moment, you're either some sort of fem- 
inist weirdo or just a plain old freak. I mean, 
until we get society to catch on that beauty is 
unimportant, and the fact that humans can be 
very beautiful without living up to the main- 
stream perception of beauty (skinny, large 
breasts, perfect hair, etc.), this kind of shit is 
going to happen. Women everywhere will go 
the extra mile, even if it means iangerous and 
unnecessary medical procedures, to live up to 
these standards. So there. 

We'll talk more about Dow in a bit. Now 
we're going to talk about DuPont, Actually, 
the 'official' name of the company is E.I.DuPont 
de Nemours. You can see wny tney shorten it. 
Anyway, DuPont is the #1 chemical company 
in the world. And, of course, they do much 
more than just chemical production as well. 
They have their company split divisions: 
Chemicals (fluorochems, pigments, etc.) di- 
versified business (herbicides and insecticides, 
electronic materials, medical products, print- 
ing and publishing products, etc.), fibers (tex- 
tiles, nonwovens, nylon composites, etc.), pe- 
troleum (Conoco gas stations), and polymers 
(films, finishes, elastomers, fluoropolymers, 
etc. I confess, I have no idea what half this crap 
is!). They are responsible for a whole bunch of 
items that we use everyday. They created Te- 
flon, synthetic rubber, Nylon, Rayon, Lycra, 
dynamite, nitroglycerin; the list goes on. '(OK, 
so you probably don't use dynamite and nitro- 
glycerin everyday but you get the idea.) They 
are also a large producer of polyurethane 
wheels (making them an unlikely adversary of 
skateboarders everywhere). They also owned 
Remington Arms (you know, guns, ammo, 
etc.) up until a few years ago. They also have 
a spin-off with Merck Pharmaceuticals called 
DuPont Merck (I told you. Not very creative.). 



DuPont is almost well known because of 
it's history of being corrupt. In one of their 
many court cases against farmers who charged 
that DuPont pesticides destroyed their crops 
and /or health, Judge Amy Steele Dormer had 
this to say: "DuPont and it's lawyers have 
participated and continue to participate in 
utter disregard for orders of the court, and for 
the rules of evidence and ethics.. .This is a 
pattern, it is willful, it is deliberate and it is 
intended to thwart the orders of this court." 
Needless to say, they get a lot of fines. (Why is 
it that corporate moguls, even when their 
crimes to humanity are greater than that of 
many incarcerated people, never have to do 
jail time? And when they do, the jail has a golf 
course?) What are they up to now? 

Well, interestingly enough, they've 
found profits in women's breasts as well. Not 
implants, mind you, but breast cancer treat- 
ments. That seems all well and good but it's 
pretty likely that the very chemicals they pro- 
duce and distribute, many of which long term 
studies have not been done on, are the same 
chemicals that cause cancer. To lyrically over- 
simplify: They sell you a pill. The pill makes 
you ill. So your skin will get redder, and in 
order to get better, they sell you another damn 
pill. (Cute, huh?) 

I also found a very interesting story on 
DuPont's recent obsession with the fashion 
industry. They are now marketing "spill- 
proof" clothing, which means clothes that have 
been dipped in Teflon. Apparently, Teflon, 
which previously was found mostly on frying 
pans, has the ability to make spilled drink or 
food just slide right off. It only stays on for 
about five to six washings but it s a start. Now, 
this got me to thinking. If clothes canbe dipped 
in Teflon, can I too? Seriously, dip me in that 
shit and I'll never get dirty again! (Well, OK, 
like I said, it only lasts for five to six washings 
but hey! That's almost two years for me. Ha.) 
This isn't a joke however. They are getting 
together witn tons of clothing manufacturers 
to produce this junk. Crazy. OK, more on 
DuPont later too. 

Monsanto is the last company left to 
harass this month. Monsanto, who is the 4th 
largest chemical company, has some diversity 
too. They only have four divisions though. 
Chemicals (food additives, industrial phos- 
phates, water treatment chemicals, etc.), Agri- 
cultural (biotechnology products, herbicides, 
lawn and garden products, etc.), Searle Phar- 
maceuticals (many prescription drugs and oral 
contreceptives), and, get this, Nutrasweet (Yep. 
They make Simplesse, Nutrasweet, Equal, and 
others.). This is just an overview of the compa- 
ny. Their practices are discussed in this next 
section. 

FUKKIN WITH NATURE! 

All three of these companies have a ma- 
jor similarity. 

They all produce the chemicals that are 
sprayed on our food. Now many of these 
chemicals are dangerous. It's very common to 
have a pesticide on the market, only to find out 
it's cancer-causing a few years down the road. 
However, the mainstream has accepted chem- 
ically-sprayed food. (Hey! Did Mother Nature 
not make these plants good enough? Are we 
honestly trying to one-up nature? What the 
hell?!?) You see, it's been explained that these 
chemicals are necessary to get higher yields 



and we need higher yields to get everyone 
enough food. Never mind that a wiser land- 
use policy, along with a small change in diet, 
could solve the whole world's food produc- 
tion problem. There's no money to be made in 
organic farming you know. So, it should be no 
surprise that I found countless stories in my 
research about farmers suing Dow, DuPont, 
and Monsanto for damage caused by their 
chemicals. It's becoming a very prominent 
problem for thes- chemical companies. So, it's 
natural that they have to find a new way of 
doiny things. What new misguided concept 
can tney sell to the public now? It's here. It's 
biotechnology. 

Biotechnology, which includes rearrang- 
ing the very genetic structure of plants and 
seeds, is predicted to become a very large 
industry. One estimate claims that the world 
market for genetical-altered crops and seeds, 
which was $450 million in 1995, will grow to 
about $7 billion by 2005. These companies all 
want in. Monsanto, trying to become industry 
leader in this field, is splitting it's company up 
(spinning off a division) so that it can concen- 
trate on biotechnoloyy. It's already spent al- 
most $1.5 billion on genetic research. DuPont, 
not to be outdone, is "racing to be the U.S.'s 
first major 'dirt-to-dinner' biotechnoloyy busi- 
ness." (Wall Street Journal said that.) They 
recently bought a 20% stake in Pioneer Hi- 
Bred, the nation's largest seed producer, and 
made an acquisition of a Ralston-Purina soy- 
bean processing plant. This means they can 
produce the genetically altered seeds, sell the 
pesticides to spray on it (Most of these have 
keen genetically altered to have a greater resis- 
tance to pesticides and such.), process the crops 
themselves, and bring it rignt to your local 
grocery store. Super, huh? 

there is definitely some danger involved 
here. Reading through an issue of Successful 
Farming (Yeah, I get to read all the best mags 
when I do research.), there was a story about a 
farmer who had planted the new Roundup 
Ready Soybeans from Monsanto. (Roundup is 
the largest selling herbicide, made by Mon- 
santo, and Roundup Ready Soybeans are their 
new crops, supposedly resistant to Roundup, 
meaning you can use more of it. So, we end up 
with more chemicals in our water supply. On 
well.) Anyhow, this dude sprayed Treflan, 
another Monsanto creation, on his soil. Then 
he planted the Roundup Ready Soybeans and 
spayed the hell out of them with Roundup. 
(Can anyone say "monopoly?") Then the arti- 
cle goes on to praise the turnout of the crops. (I 
should note that Successful Farming's main 
advertisers are the very companies of which 
we've been speaking about. Major seed and 
pesticide companies.) Aside from that, many 
of these new 'technological wonders' haven t 
been working. Bt cotton, which was another 
Monsanto creation, had Bt, a toxic bacterium, 
already incorporated into the plant. It didn't 
need to be sprayed. However, the very pests Bt 
was meant to destroy devoured the crop, with 
little holding them back. The cotton ended up 
getting mega-sprayed anyway, but it was too 
late. Many farmers ended up with the worst 
yeilds they had ever seen. All because these 
companies had promised that they would 
work. (Read the February '97 issue of Mother 
Jones for an excellent article on biotechnolo- 
gy-) 



As well it should be. Humans are going 
to have to catch on that it is not wise to screw 
with nature. This planet has a delicate ecosys- 
tem which allows us to live, and messing with 
that is not in our best interests. What can you 
do? Well, stop supporting these guys! I mean, 
sure, these companies have products that you 
use on a daily basis that you wouldn't even 
know about, but do what you feasibly can. 
There is also a large battle going on over wheth- 
er or not genetically altered crops should be 
labeled as such in the stores. (How can you 
avoid these crops if you don't know which is 
which?) Make your voice heard. And, of course, 
I will sug-gest the same thing I have since day 
one as a columnist. Support organic farming. 
That is all. 

MONTHLY JUNK! 

1. I had my knee surgery about three 
weeks ago. By the time you read this, I should 
be off crutches and walking again. (Sidenote: I 
have officially become the laziest person in the 
world. Just yesterday, I had a friend offer to 
come to my apartment and cook me dinner 
and I declined because that meant I would 
have to do dishes!) I need to thank all those 
who have made my recovery easier than hell. 
KelL. Thanks for the guitar but Festy beat you 
because he gave me an electric guitar and an 
amp. Actually, Mel, your letters about the 
Proctor And Gamble people were cooler than 
the guitar anyway. Thanks to Rob, Brett, Tim, 
and Eric for carting my ass all over the place 
and running my stupid errands for me. Pitch- 
ers of Leinie's for everyone! Also, a big thanks 
to everyone who has visited me and kept me 
entertained /wasted/spoiled. Your karma will 
serve you well. Oh yeah, I better thank my 
parents too (not like they read my column 
anyway, but neither do my friends come to 
think of it! 2. I've been getting a ton of great 
mail lately. Keep it coming. Also, it's becom- 
ing a common trend that I should take note of. 
People that write to me apologize for not send- 
ing root beer. It's OK everyone! If you don't 
send root beer then I just read your letter last. 
No biggie. 3. Address: P.O. Box 504, Chippewa 
Falls, WI 54729. 4. Thanks to everyone who 
came to the Crack Cellar for the benefit show. 
Bands (Dillineer 4, MIJ, The Sleestacks) You all 
rule! Hopefully, we can do more of this kinda 
thing. Oh, and special thanks to Kelly and 
Jason for setting it up and giving me bread. 5. 
Finally, congratulations are in order for the 
recently married Erik Trexel. All the best to 
you and Emily. 6. I'm not proofreading this 
column at all. If you have a problem with any 
of my mistakes, you can write it down on a 
small piece and shove it up your ass! I'm sick 
of looking at this screen. 



TO THE Wlttf KtfWW 



THE FINAL COUNTDOWN 

Nancy Fowler, a woman who has claimed 



regular visions of the Virgin Mary since 1990 
announced in October that Mary had informed 
her that her last message to the public (deliv- 
ered through Fowler), would be delivered on 
October 13th, 1998. Fowler, who has had thou- 
sands of faithful flock to her Conyers, Georgia, 
farm over the years o share in the visions, said 
that in a vision of Mary earlier this year there 
was an image of an embryo behind Mary and 
that the Blessed Virgin warned of a great war. 
A letter to President Clinton from an eleven- 
year-old Enfield, Connecticut, girl was re- 
turned to the girl by the Post Office stamped, 
"Moved, Not Forwardable." The letter was 
addressed to "President of the United States, 
Mr. William Clinton" followed by "1600 Penn- 
sylvania Ave., Washington." 
Ricky Lee Green, 36, was executed by the state 
of Texas in October for killing three people. 
For his last meal Green ordered! ive scrambled 
eggs, four sausage patties, eight slices of toast, 
six bacon slices and four pints of milk. 
A 31-year-old woman in charge of crime pre- 
vention programs at Arizona State University 
was arrested and charged with burglary and 
theft. The woman, who had held the position 
for three years, was also charged with posses- 
sion of burglary tools. 

Doctors in Taiwan reattached the left arms of 
Chen Ming-kuo and Yang Chung-ming after 
their limbs were torn from the two men's 
bodies in a tug-of-war contest involving 1,600 
people. The two had wrapped the rope around 
their arms for leverage but the rope snapped 
soon after the contest began tearing off both 
arms and injuring 45 other participants. 
Four days after allegedly robbing a female 
college student of her wallet at gunpoint, ac- 
cused thief Earvin Amos, 26, wrote the woman 
a letter saying that she was pretty and asking 
her to call him on his pager. She called him 
with police tracing the line. Amos was arrest- 
ed. 

Workers at a Russian clock factory in Penza 
were given a bonus consisting of 150 rolls of 
toilet paper each. It took most workers three 
days to carry home the paper. One in turn tried 
to pay her rent in toilet paper but was refused. 
In October three members of a Middletown, 
Ohio, family were each involved in separate 
automobile accidents within a 20-minute time 
span on the very same road. First mom Judy 
Jordan was involved in a four-car accident. 
Minutes later her 17-year-old son Matthew 
was struck on the same road as he stopped to 
avoid the, first accident. Matthew called his 
dad to the scene. Mr. Jordan was then involved 
in an accident as he yielded to emergency 
vehicles en route to the other accidents. 
Swiss archeologist Grazia Siliato announced 
at a Rome press conference in October that she 
has proved that the Turin Shroud is authentic. 
Siliato says that she detected the words "Jesus 
Nazareth" written on the cloth while she was 
conducting research in Paris. 
Bobby O'Neal Negri Jr., 30, of Prague, Oklaho- 
ma, was arrested in November in Miami on 
charges of stealing $2.7 million in an armored 
car robbery earlier this year. Negri, one of two 
armored car guards, was missing along with 
the cash as his partner returned from a rest 
break. In the vehicle was Negri's gun and a 
postcard reading, "Is Paris this nice this time 
of year? Oui. Bye." It was Negri's 30th birth- 
day. The FBI found Negri and 23-year-old 



tm^mt 



Michel Brandon of Claremore, Oklahoma, 
staying at a $279-a-night hotel suite (they'd 
been there since September 26th). In their pos- 
session was $400,000 in cash and hoards of 
baseball cards and other sports memorabilia 
they had bought. 

In Germany a 35-year-old woman appealed 
her $170 traffic ticket for speeding, explaining 
to the judge that she was a blonde. As she 
explained to the court, at the time of the inci- 
dent she was being followed by some "dark- 
looking guys" and so she sped up. "As a 
blonde, this often happens to me, she ex- 
plained. The "dark-looking guys" were po- 
licemen in an unmarked car. 
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Diane 
Wayne ruled in favor of five men who refused 
to supply their social security numbers on 
driver's license applications because they be- 
lieve that the numbers are the "mark of the 
beast." Wayne said that the men had "sincere- 
ly held religious convictions . . .that anyone who 
uses his or her Social Security number is in 
danger of not receiving eternal life." The Cal- 
ifornia Department of Motor Vehicles will have 
to accommodate the men. 
A University of Akron student who volun- 
teered to participate in an Alcohol Awareness 
Week event that involved a demonstration of 
alcohol's ill effects when one is drunk, drank 
too much and had to be hospitalized. In previ- 
ous years student participants waited until the 
event began to start drinking but this year the 
consumption of alcohol started two hours ear- 
ly. By the time the "Cop-a-Buzz" program was 
about to start police found that the student in 
question was already far too drunk to partici- 
pate. 

Meteorite collector Darryl Pitt will sell 20,000 
glass vials containing pieces of a rare Martian 
meteorite on the QVC television shopping 
network. At a price of $98 per vial, Pitt hopes 
to gross about $2 million. 
Hotel owners in the Detroit area have asked 
Dr. Jack Kevorkian to stop using area hotel 
rooms to help people commit suicide. The 
Hotel Association of Greater Detroit complains 
that its employees have been traumatized by 
opening rooms for cleaning only to find dead 
bodies and a note instructing them to contact 
Geoffrey Feiger, Kevorkian's attorney. 
Judges at this year's Spanish marijuana grow- 
ers competition to choose the best crop were 
too stoned to make a decision. The growers in 
attendance at the "Madrid Marijuana Cup" 
acted as their own judges, rolling and ex- 
changing joints but got so "high" that organiz- 
ers gave them until the next evening to pick a 
winner. 

David Cline, 36, a phvs ed teacher at a Durham, 
North Carolina, middle school, was acting as 
the school's drivers education instructor in 
September, teaching two female students how 
to drive when a car cut them off. Cline told the 
student driver to chase the other car.' When 
both cars stopped for a red light in Chapel Hill, 
Cline reportedly got out of the car and struck 
the other driver. The victim drove off and 
Cline again told the student driver to give 
chase again. Police finally stopped the car for 
speeding and Cline was arrested. 
Former Florida state legislative candidate pled 
no contest to attempted murder for a 1992 
incident in which he fired a shot into the home 
of his opponent in the race, hitting the man's 



wife in the leg. The 33-year-old man said that 
he was a manic depressive and had been or- 
dered by a "higher force" to scare his oppo- 
nent out of the race. 

Kohnt's latest book, written with Roland 
Sweet, is Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest, published by 
Penguin USA and available in bookstores 
every where. Please send all corroborating evidence 
from your town's neiuspaper (with the paper's 
name and the date the article appeared please) to me 
at: Strange Daze, PO Box 25682, Washington, DC 
20007. 




So, there I was, back in hell The Sun- 
shine State. Land of old people, frat boys, and 
rednecks. Florida. The armpit of the universe. 
I wasn't happy about it. But the tour with 
Furious George had taken us there. So there I 
was. 

I looked down at my feet. White Nikes, 
with yellow logos, and red shoelaces. Punk 
Rock. Furious George style. I looked next to 
my feet. And saw it. Finally. The plate. Made 
of steel and stone. In the ground. And I read it. 
"Lester Martin Tabb: 1937 - 1993". 
My father's gravestone. I hadn't gone to 
his funeral a few years back because f didn't 
want to return to Florida, plus, my whole 
family hated me. I knew I'd come back to hell 
one day, and then I'd pay my respects. And 
today was the day. 

"That's it," said Evan, my bass player, to 
me, in a very sober voice. 

"Wow, your dad's grave," added Micha- 
el, our drummer. 

"You are standing over him now," said 
Adam, drummer from Yum Yum Tree, and 
our current tour manager/merch guy. 

I looked down, and indeed, I was. His 
headstone was about 2 feet from my feet, 
which made me, oh, about on his chest. 
"What's it like?" asked Michael. 
I thought for a second. 
"I dunno," I said, looking at the grave- 
stone with all the little rocks placed on it, no 
doubt, by my sisters and brothers and evil 
step-mother. 

"Do you miss him? Do you wish he were 
here?" asked Evan, with his bright green hair. 
I didn't answer because I didn't know 
what to say. I was standing over my dead dad, 
and I wasn't sure how I felt. Here was the guy 
that caused me grief my whole life. A guy who 
beat me to a pulp since I was a small child. A 
guy who emotionally tortured me everyday of 
my life, and a guy who most likely sexually 
molested my step sisters and half sister. A guy 
who hated my leather jacket, wanted me to 
become an accountant, beat his second wife, 
and wore more women's underwear under his 
business suits than Marv Albert. 

Here was a guy who I shot with my BB 
gun, a guy who hit on my girlfriends, told 



Wendy stuff I can never repeat, told my broth- 
ers during the time of my mother dying of 
cancer that he'd be happy when she was dead, 
and a guy who pretended he was once best 
friends with my cool step-dad, Nick. 

Here was a guy, well, who I didn't much 
like. 

"Well?" asked Evan, from behind his 
Ray-Bans, "Do you miss him? Are you going 
to pay your last respects, or what? 

I thought about it. But let me back up a 
bit. r 

My father and I really never got along 
after the age of five or so. He used to like me, 
take me for rides to Coney Island on his bicycle 
and stuff, but when my Mom left him, he took 
out his frustrations on me and my brothers. 
My whole life was spent defending myself 
from his punches, and threats of being sent to 
military school. When I finally turned seven- 
teen, and was kicked out of my home for good, 
my life changed for the better. I moved in with 
my real mom, and step-dad, Nick, who were 
totally awesome, and I learned what life was 
really about. I was lucky. Most kids don't have 
that choice. Of having a good parent versus a 
bad one. I was lucky I really didn't have to go 
out "totally on my own". 

From the time I was eighteen until my 
dad's death, we had very little contact. He'd 
try to convince me to be his son every now and 
again, but it always ended up with him telling 
me how to run my life, and abusing me men- 
tally. But somewhere deep inside of me, I felt 
as though I needed some sort of relationship 
with my him, so I kept going back for more. 
And every time I went back it was more abuse. 
Once I went to Tallahassee to visit with him. I 
left with a seven day Migraine, and heard all 
about how my mother would turn me into a 
heroin addict, and would sell me into child 
slavery. Although I was old enough to know 
that finally these myths were untrue, it deeply 
bothered me to hear those horrible lies again. 
Another time I saw him at my brother 
Lloyd's wedding. He invited me, through my 
brother Lloyd, because he wasn't talking to 
me, to a Tabb family dinner. When I didn't 
show up, (big surprise) he became so enraged, 
that the next day, at the wedding, he threat- 
ened to kick my ass, and verbally abused 
Wendy so bad that he was lucky to leave the 
wedding alive. The only reason I didn't kill 
him there on the spot was because my mom, 
Nick, and Wendy, didn't want to ruin my 
brother's wedding. It was nice of them. To 
save his life. 

After my Mom died, I saw him for the 
last time at my brother Seth's wedding. I didn't 
say one word to him, but he kept smirking at 
me. Like he was happy my mom was dead. I 
ignored him best I could, and tried to show my 
brother a good time, and a happy wedding. 

While recording with my last band, Iron 
Prostate, my dad had a heart attack. An ambu- 
lance in Tallahassee came to save him, but the 
unit didn't have those electric shock things 
that make your heart start again, like on E.R., 
so, he croaked. He was dead by the time they 
got him to the hospital. My brother called me 
and told me. He asked that I come to Florida to 
the funeral, but warned me the family hated 
me. Forced between a horrible funeral where 



they'd crucify me, or finishing an album that I 
wasn't really liking, I went with door number 
two. I would eventually see my dad's grave. 
Now, four years later, that time had 
come. We had left on tour, and were doing the 
whole east coast. We had played Perm State, a 
basement show, with a guy named Frank, and 
his band, The Chesterfields, who ruled. That 
night we stayed in a coed dorm, where I found 
myself talking to sorority girls with names like 
Muffy and Cindy at four in the morning, and 
at five, found a guy puking on my toes in the 
bathroom stall next to mine. The couple who 
let us stay with them, Scott and Lisa, were 
totally cool, and even got us breakfast the next 
morning. It was homecoming weekend there, 
and everyone kept yelling, "Who are we?" 
then, "Penn State! ' We, of course yelled, "Who 
are we?" then "Pussies!" 

The next day we played Baltimore, with 
my pal Karl's band, The Numb Nuts, and this 
awesome band from North Carolina called 
"Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13". 
We played well, as did all the bands, but the 
rednecks in the back of the place calling us 
"Gay Homosexuals" and "Nigger Lovers" Kin- 
da put a dent into the evening. We figured 
wed hear that shit in Florida, but in Baltimore, 
it was a surprise. I guess what can you expect 
from a town where they name their baseoall 
team after a chocolate cookie with a creamy 
inside. But we did meet some nice girls, Lu- 
cianne and Jamie, who like totally rocked. 

Richmond was one of those shows I'd 
like to forget. We were supposed to play a 
place called "The Biograph' . An old porno 
theater. It closed down a few days earlier, and 
we played a living room instead. The kids 
there, for the most part, didn't wear shoes. 
Yuck! And a lot of them didn't shower either! 
Yick! The guy who booked us, Sharky, seemed 
very nice, as did the guy running sound, and 
the guys in the other bands, but over all the 
show smelled. Or maybe it was just Michael. 
Our drummer. He does need to clean himself 
more. 

Next up was Atlanta. That's a whole 
story in itself! Some other time. 

Then Orlando. Floriduh. Natalie, my ex- 
girlfriend showed up, and while I was on 
stage, insulting people for wearing shorts, she 
told EVERYONE that I once wore shorts, too. 
Now I'd like to state here, for the record, that 
it is completely and utterly untrue. Well, it's 
true, but let's just say it's not. I'd like to forget 
those short wearing days. I mean, I wore like 
Bermuda shorts. When I went skateboarding. 
It wasn't like I wore them to punk shows and 
stuff, Well, I did, actually, but let's just say I 
didn't. Anyway, the crowd got a good laugh, 
and the whole night people teased me about 
shorts. And my stretch ladies jeans I was wear- 
ing. They asked if I wore "stretch shorts". Fuck 
Orlando. But the promoter, Lloyd, rocked my 
world. Thanks Lloyd! 

Next up, Gainesville. I got to see my old 
roommate, Jorge, and stay in the hotel where I 
lost my virginity. The Econo Lodge, on South- 
west 13th Street. We stayed in room 27, two 
rooms away from 31, where I lost it. Well, I 
don't know if I really lost it, cause I never 
reached orgasm the first time. I really wanted 
room 31 so I could just lay in the bea and jerk 
off. But someone already had that room. The 
next day, while the maid was cleaning the 



rooms, I was tempted to ask her to let me 
borrow the room for a few minutes. And may- 
be her hand or mouth. But I didn't. Oh well. 

And now I was in Tallahassee, on our 
way to Panama City. Standing over my fa- 
ther's grave. As I looked at his name, and the 
rocks my sisters put on his grave, I felt rage 
build up in my veins. 

Tnis man was a monster, and even 
though he was dead, he still haunted my 
dreams every night. To this day, I still dream 
he is chasing me with an ax, or that he is 
beating me and my brothers, or hurting my 
mother. And I still wake up screaming. 

"So, George," said Evan, who knew ev- 
erything about my dad, cause I've told him so 
many times, "Last respects or what? We gotta 
hit the road, the next show awaits!" 

I looked down at the stone, then reached 
into my pocket and pulled out a couple of 
Furious fceorge buttons. One was just the 
monkey and the name of the band on it, and 
the other had a picture of me, and read "I Love 
George!" 

I put them on his stone next to the rocks 
my brothers and sisters had placed. 

Michael, Adam, and Evan, giggled. 

"So I guess that's it?" said Evan, and 
turned to make his way toward the van. 

"Not exactly," I said. 

"You gonna say a prayer?" he asked. 

I didnt answer him. Instead, I just smiled. 
At him. At Michael, and at Aclam. 

Then I pulled down the front of my 
pants, and took the best piss of my life. On that 
damn stone. As I did so, I thought of all the bad 
things my dad had done, what an evil person 
he was, and how I was glad he was dead. I 
thought about how he beat his kids, molested 
them, and had hated my mother, the nicest 
woman to ever walk on this planet. As I pissed 
I thought of all the pain, and how he still scared 
me worse than Jason or Freddy Kruger, even 
in death. And I thought about me. And all the 
rage I was still holding. 

As my bladder emptied onto the words, 
"Lester Martin Tabb: 1937 - 1993" I began to 
feel good. Relieved. I soon found myself mut- 
tering things while I urinated like "Drink This!" 
and >Ts It Good To The Last Drop?" 

As my stream began to weaken, I 
squeezed as much out as I could. Of piss. And 
or rage. Finally, I shook twice, like my dad 
always taught me, and pulled up my pants. 

"Wow," said Adam, "that's the most 
punk rock thing I have ever seen. You pissed 
on your dad's grave!" 

I nodded my head. 

Then Michael asked the question of the 
day. 

"Feel better?" he asked. 

"Much," I said. 

Take My Life, Please. 
Endnotes: 

1. You can e mail me at furygeo@aol.com. You 
can also e mail Evan at parkluck@aol.com, and 
Michael at Larryfishkorn@juno.com. Or snail 
mail us at P.O. Box 2044, Canal Street Station, 
New York, N.Y. 10013. 

2. The new Slap Happies/ Walter Krug split on 
Melted records kicks total punk rock ass! Also 
new cool recordings I got are from The Sev- 
ered, The Nobodys, The Dimestore Haloes, 
Erie's own My Three Scum, The Teenage Sup- 
plicants, The Action Swingers, and much, much 



more. Punk Rock! 

3. Since it's the holiday season, once again, I'd 
just like to wish all the readers of MRR around 
the globe the best of everything, and I hope 
everyone gets what they want in the new year 
to come! Punk Rock! And best wishes! 




Rock & roll is officially dead in Austin, 
Texas. The MOTARDS have called it quits. 
Sure I got tired of seeing them after five or six 
years, but the Motards outlasted any longevi- 
ty estimates cast in '91 and were the sole sur- 
vivors of a bygone era of great local bands. 
Their last show (I hope this doesn't become 
one of those annual things) was vintage Mot- 
ards. Everyone knew the show was going to be 
either great or terrible (especially considering 
the tabloidish intra-group strife), and thank- 
fully the Motards came through with the goods 
one last time. The hallmarks were all there: 
untold amounts of flying beer and lit cigarette 
butts and ice and spare change being hurled at 
the microphone-swallowing Johnny Motard 



while tough guys got thrown out by tougher 
guys (in a pack of tnree, of course) and chicks 
duked it out with the best of 'em and the band 



played all the hits including seldom-heard 
greats like "My Love Is Bad" and "I'm A 
Criminal". Yow. Best of luck ya'll. 

All right... well, I'm sitting here staring 
at a tape of all my favorite singles of the past 
couple years, and it looks like 1 11 just whip up 
a column while I'm at it. All the singles on this 
tape really blew my skirt up on first listen. 
First, we have: NASHVILLE PUSSY. If you 
haven't already heard the masses raving about 
this band, well, brother, it's time to get out 
from under the couch and taste some rock & 
roll. I recently heard them described as "Mo- 
torhead with tits" which is pretty right-on. 
Such unabashed cock rock rarely graces the 
stage in A-town (or maybe I'm hanging out at 
the wrong places). Guitar dueling and fire 
blowing is only the beginning. Goddamn, bring 
on the power chords! Oh, the beauty. I liked 
these ladies and gents so much that I paid 
cover at the Electric Lounge on a week night. 
This is serious. It's tough to say which of their 
singles I like best (they're all great), but I find 
myself cranking up their third 7in., 
"P.P.D.S.C.E.M.F.O.B.B.T." a/k/a "First I Look 
At The Purse" (Reservation), most often. Not 
sure how many were pressed of the Reserva- 
tion single, but it seems to have slipped outta 
print. The first NP release, "Snake Eyes" a/k/ 
a "13 69" (Black Lung), has been repressed 
recently and should definitely be sought out. 
The first pressing has a silver labels, and Ruyter 
graces back picture sleeve. The first pressing 
also had a scum edition of 100 copies on yellow 
vinyl. Just when you thought you had it all. 
The second press has yellow labels, Blayne is 
on the back sleeve. NP's second single "Go 



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Six new studio tracks from the DREAD including 

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Motherfucker Go" has also been repressed by 
Get Hip. The "Go Motherfucker Go" 7in. was 
originally released on the Bittersweet label 
and was sold by the band on tour until the 
label's parent or parent company (I could nev- 
er tell which... I prefer the former explanation) 
found the material objectionable and with- 
drew the release. Look for a Nashville Pussy 
LP to be released in January on Amphetamine 
Reptile. Destined to be great. That reminds 
me... the AmRep Europe affiliate in Germany, 
Boomba, have the new TURBONEGRO "Apoc- 
alypse Dudes" LPs in the works. With cham- 
pagne and caviar o' plenty, the band and Boom- 
Da are currently toasting their delightfully sym- 
biotic relationship and the newfangled Nor- 
wegian rock & roll masterpiece which will 
surely dazzle starry-eyed Turbonegro fans 
around the world. It remains to be seen wheth- 
er it will be issued in North America. 

I originally started this paragraph with 
this question: why haven't I heard more from 
the HOOKERS? Then, as if eavesdropping on 
my plight, Black Lung and S.O.S. came to the 
rescue. Anyway, the Hookers' first EP (Smut 
E) is a friggin' blazer, and I'm not sure what 
took me so long to tape this MF. First press has 
a black & white color xerox cover (seriously) 
and is numbered outta 300, baby. Second press 
of 500 with regular old xerox cover. Plenty of 
"rock, rock, let's rock" type refrains and guitar 
to kick much booty by. This band is the finest 
Kentucky has had to offer since art school 
rejects, the End tables. Their brand spankin' 
new "12 Gauge Reaction" EP on Black Lung (a 
label that seems to have great taste) comes 
through with the goods once again. Scum 
edition of 200 on red vinyl. Not to be outdone, 
the Sack O' Shit label outta Illinois goes blow- 
for-blow with their new Hookers /in, "Zom- 
bie Maker". Lots of devil imagery on both 
singles. Spooky. Frightening. Both of these 
singles are over in the blink of an eye, but I'll 
take what I can get. As I understand it, the 
Hookers were to be run through the Crypt 
meat grinder, have the obligatory name change, 
and then release an LP. Those plans didn't 
work out, and word on the street is that Scooch 
Pooch will release the Hookers LP. Please say 
it's true. 

Another monster of loudness cut from a 
wholly different cloth is the first CHINESE 
MILLIONAIRES 7in. (Punkity Rockity) which 
was recently re-issued by Demolition Derby 
("new records like used"... what's up with 
those shithouse pressings?). The original press- 
ing was 500 copies and became hard-to-find 
soon after its release in '95. Much more clean 
cut (and fashion conscious... skinny ties are 
back) than either of the above cock rockers, the 
Millionaires still hold their own with guitars 
that just won't quit. Whoever mastered this 
bad boy deserves a cookie. The second single 
"Juvenile Justice" (Flying Bomb) didn't match 
up to the first but is still pretty choice if turned 
up loud enough. I must admit I've neglected 
their Rip Off single. I've been waiting for it to 
hit the 25c bin alongside classics of the Mystic 
Super Seven series. At least one band member 
has assured me the upcoming LP on Rip Off 
will rock my socks off. My socks await. 

I hope you sad bastards were wise 
enough to la tcH onto the LAST SONS OF KRYP- 

I~ TON when they made the MRR cover some 
months back. Their 1st EP (Decay) is, as Tim 



Yo pointed out, a great record . Great basement 
production, snotty nose vocals, and lurking 
spazmo factor make for a winning formula. As 
good as it gets in this day and age, especially 
from the Land O' Cheese. The original issue 
was 300 copies with at least two different 
sleeves. This first EP was just re-issued by the 
ever-wise ReRun label... if you missed it the 
first go round, you are hereby granted a re- 
prieve. Their second (and final?) single on 
Bulge was also good, though not quite up to 
the debut snuff. 

While passing through Ottawa, Ontario 
awhile back, I picked up a real rocker by some 
local goofballs known as the EARTHLINGS. 
The EP is a mix of space themes, loud guitar, 
strained vocals, and general confusion. The 
first track, "Dr. Drink", is the hands-down 
winner... I haven't quite figured out what the 
hell they're talking about, but the focus seems 
to be some creepy guy and his purple under- 
wear. The innocuous-looking cover is decep- 
tively lame and tame. Apparently, the band 
was not so welcome in their hometown, so 
they pressed 200 copies, produced a follow-up 
cassette (which has its moments — a more 
pronounced Man Or Astroman? influence runs 
throughout), and called it quits. Another rea- 
son offered for the break-up was "mom get- 
ting tired of making costumes for us." Long 
live the Earthlings. 

The TKOs "Don't Pull The Plug" 7in. 
(Public Square) was another real winner from 
the not-so-distant past. Far from the thrashy 
mayhem I normally flock to, this one was more 
singalong. Nothing particularly new or inter- 
esting, but well-done snot vox and sedate chun- 
ka chunka guitar. Themes include parties and 
an impassioned plea for a girl with big tits. I 
think this one may have slipped outta print... 
efforts to restock have proved fruitless. The 
second 7in. (Vinyl Pants) was a real disap- 
pointment. 

All right, all right, everybody knows 
about the STITCHES, but I must reiterate how 
truly rockin' their first couple of singles are. 
The "Sixteen" 7in. (Vinyl Dog) provided a 
glimmer of hope in the '94 sea of pop punk 
shite (what?). Though I haven't picked it up, 
there's apparently a repress of this first single 
with a different B-side. The 12in. and "Two 
New Cuts" 7in. (Vinyl Dog) that followed 
were also great Their more recent "Talk Sick" 
(Vinyl Dog) and "Second Chance" (Disaster) 
singles were over too quickly for me to absorb 
them. I need another listen. The Stitches defi- 
nitely take the cake for being the biggest col- 
lector geek band around. A quick rundown of 
the collector scum editions (i.e. the limited 
versions) of their records: 

"Sixteen" 7in. (numbered scum edition of 200 
on black vinyl); "8x12" mini-LP (numbered 
scum edition [magenta cover] of 100 on green 
vinyl with pin); "Two New Cuts" 7in. (num- 
bered scum edition of 200 with fetid fish blood 
sleeve); "Talk Sick" 7in. (numbered scum edi- 
tion of 200 on white vinyl) 

Also, I know the Stitches whipped up 
some of their own crummy xerox sleeves for 
the somewhat elusive 1994 West Coast Tour 
compilation EP (Payola) where they share 
space with UXA and Corrupted Ideals. Ap- 

?arently, the band was unhappy with De De 
roit's "Anarchy In America and "Earth 
Matters" themes of the original covers. 



Lastly, we have the ARCHIE & THE 
PUKES EP (Centsless). A friend called me and 
insisted I needed this single. He was right. 
Ridiculous lyrics, fast guitars (more compe- 
tent than I'm used to), and all the makings of 
DIY greatness including crappy xerox cover. 
"I got worms in my stomach, I got worms in 
my shit, the more I think about it, the more I 
like it. These worms are eating all my food, 
always ask for seconds, and I feel rude. I have 
yet to hear more inspired lyrics from any re- 
leases of the past few years. There hasn't been 
a peep from these one-hit wonders since this 
record. Perhaps they DID have worms. 

After fielding complaints from the Rip 
Off P.R. department ("Why wasn't the Rip 
Offs LP in your column, huh?" the squeezable, 
chip-on-his-shoulder Greg Lowery belly- 
ached), I'll say this: if I'm overlooking some 
masterpiece of modern punk rock, drop me a 
line and let me know and perhaps I'll change 
my evil ways. Hell, send me the friggin' record. 
I'd rather hear from no-name American bands 
and overseas goofballs than from corn-fed 
labels like Rip Off. But — as always — I'll take 
what I can get (especially that new AC/DC 
box set — hint, hint). No liberty spikes or 
songs about fascist cops, please. I do not like 
grindcore. If the record feowls me over, I'll 
write about it and even buy a dozen. If it 
doesn't really drive me wild, you'll hear nary 
a word (I really bought into the "if you don t 
have anything nice to say" bit they fed me in 
kindergarten)... I'll just send the record off to 
the Human Vinyl Disposal in Chicago, and 
you'll know at least one guy cared enough to 
keep your record. Packages of joy to: Peer 
Pressure, P.O. Box 49984, Austin, TX 78765. 

Lastly, I have one quick piece of advice 
for DIY record-releasing types: don't use a 
computer to do your picture sleeve unless you 
REALLY know what you're doing. I speak 
from experience. Weighty regret awaits those 
who avail themselves of bad scans and wacky 
fonts. The "Mac II SE look" (©J. Whitson 1997) 
is the single most aggravating trend in punk 
rock since tongue piercing. 




Now I promised I would never subject 
y 'all to my rants against the world. Then again, 
why not? If you don't agree, turn the page. At 
the very most, you'll whisper bitch under your 
breath and write Timmy a long badly written 
letter about how I just need a good hick. Well, 
thanks, I appreciate the offer, but I have a 
headache. And if you agree, so be it. But just in 
case I offend the delicate sensitivities of the 
weaker sex, this dance is for ladies only. All 
you young strapping, hearty, handsome, won- 
derfully supportive, non-invasive, personal 
space respecting men gracing my column with 
your presents, why not take this time to do 
something for yourself. You're worth it aren't 



you? Go treat yourself to a nice big bean burr- 
ito and an orange soda and stretcn out in the 
bathroom for some quality scratch and flex 
time. Let Queenie talk to the chicks, the girls, 
the hooters, for a second. Don't fret, I'm just 
gonna give 'em tips on how to give great blow 
jobs, nothing you don't already know. 

Now, remember to spit out your gum, 
arch your back and try not to get lipstick on 
his... Are they gone? If not, lure them into the 
other room with a cheesesteak sandwich or 
some nachos and put a little peanut butter on 
their palms. They'll be satisfied for hours. 
Alright, time for a reality check. I was thinking 
about sex the other day and reading about the 
abnormally high percentages of acquittals in 
rape trials vs. other trials. And granted, law is 
just so great and stuff, but how difficult is it to 
understand that sex and rape are not the same 
thing. And that Royphnol (aka the date rape 
drug) and getting punched in the face does not 
equal consent? I understand the disadvantage 
of being stuck in the pre-operative state of 
cognitive development that causes boys to 
believe their experience is the only experience. 
/ don't need empathy ya stupid bitch, I have a 
BMW. It's not an act; they really do believe 
they are the center of the universe: She must be 
a slut cuz she's making me horny. I followed her all 
around the parking lot and all over the club, and 
when our eyes' met I could tell she wanted me, even 
though she ran away before I could get her name. 
Wow, that was great, did you come? I can't imag- 
ine owning these thoughts, much less saying 
them out loud. Is that communication? A baby 
step away from playing peek-a-boo, but not 
quite the caliber of conversation that stimu- 
lates a mind trained to deconstruct and antic- 
ipate society's institutionalized hatred towards 
them. Women are taught from day one that 
this is a man's world . Either learn to party with 
the big boys or you're gonna get fucked. Which 
is six of one and half a dozen of another. (I stole 
this phrase from Tim. I'm trying to see how 
this is better than saying, "They re identical" 
or "They're the same thing" but I can't.) But I 
digress, back to getting fucked at parties by the 
big boys. 

Now, I'm not anti men. I'm not on the 
rag and I'm writing this in between the many 
fucks I can have a night. Ain't a lesbian, a 
ballbuster or a Softball player either. I've pro- 
cessed my relationship with my mother and I 
don't have a chip on my shoulder. I love boys. 
I love that they never doubt themselves. I love 
that they don't have negative relationships 
with foo'd. 1 love that they aren't competitive 
and distrustful. I appreciate the difference 
they bring and add to the world. I appreciate 
that they like to cluck and strut and do this 
chicken walk when they are trying to impress 
me at a club. I love that they can t think and 
talk at the same time. I love that every woman 
wants them. I love that they never worry about 
what could happen to them if they're walking 
alone at 11 at night. I love that they think all 
football players are straight. And I love that 
everything in life, even fucking El Nino all 
stems from inflated egos and insecurities about 
the size of their penis. Cock, tube steak, skin 
flute, third leg, pope's nose, balony pony, schlo- 
ng, boner, wanger, willy, dipstick, trouser trout, 
little Mr. business, John Thomas, manfruit, 
manhood, or simply, The Man. I was 21 when 
I realized that The Man was not an infrastruc- 



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nance. The man is not the oppressor or part of 
the moral majority. He's not only white, he's 
not always cut, and he's not always ready. 
Semper Fi, my ass! He shrinks when it gets cold, 
turns purple at the hint of stress, sometimes 
' gets a little too big for his britches, has tenden- 
cies to lean towards the right, and is always 
flanked by two hairy, fat thugs who don't 
know how to take a punch. He's demanding, 
selfish, uncompromising, even dirty and 
sneaky at times. He will fail to show up when 
everyone's counting on him to be there but 
will choose to appear uninvited to the boys 
locker room shower. He resembles a turkey 
when tired, a banana when confused and a 
bratwurst when agitated. Never learned en- 
durance, taking pride in finishing the 100 yd 
dash in 30 seconds flat. Blind, deaf and dumb 
but still made all the laws and wrote all the 
history books. He's the boss and if he wants 
you to bow down, you know not to talk with 
your mouth full. Cuz life is just a fucking cock 
fight. Western Imperialism, manifest destiny, 
slavery, lynching, genocide, sexism, totalitar- 
ianism, apartheid, segregation, 209, fraterni- 
ties, rape, red cars and dyed blonde women. 
All just to prove who has the biggest cock in 
town. 

Ever meet a guy with a huge cock? I still 
can't chew right... And wouldn't ya know, he 
never said a word about it. And he didn't have 
to, cuz those who know give the subject enough 
lip service, if ya know what I'm sayin. I thought 
if it was bigger than a baby's arm, it gave you 
the right to sing it on the mountain. But who 
has the time? I would just bask in the shadow 
of its ominous presence and wait for the cows 
to come home, secure and smug as every erec- 
tile challenged, pinky shrinky dick, you-could- 
poke-an-eye-out-with-that, stubby little 
pipsqueak brags about the monstrosity that 
lurks within their bugle boys. Cap'n, if you're 
the tripod you say you are, why are you wasting 
precious fuck time talking? I'd be keeping the 
maids a milkin, the lords a leapin and hell, 
even the geese a layin, just cuz I could ! I am still 
mystified that boys oelieve a red car, hair 
plugs, cell phone, blonde bimbo, and a Mr. Big 
license plate will actually make up for the fact 
that there ain't much there. 

If a cock is really that important, why can 
you kick the shit out of it with just one slap? 
And, why do I keep on going like the energizer 
bunny while he's down for the count? Sure 
you can write your name in the snow with it 
but it's too fuckin hard to piss with your balls 
in your throat. But The Man knows best, eh? 
And I'm just bitching cuz I ain't got one, right? 
Well, surprise boys, I have a cock that will 
make yours scream uncle or more likely, dad- 
dy. And mine has a money back guarantee to 
please. I dare you to put your money where 
your mouth is, but not until I'm done with it. 

I 'm not saying that sex is anything less 
than amazing. It s the Holy Grail, a pot of gold, 
The Loudmouths and Toffuti Cuties all 
wrapped up in one. Fucking is glorious. But 
it's not worth losing everything. It's not worth 
seeing your kids only on the weekends, de- 
stroying your oldest and closest friendship, or 
having to explain biting, toupees and wearing 
women's panties on 20/20. But if AIDS wont 
even stop boys from fucking, how can an 
arbitrary thing like trust, the pursuit of knowl- 



edge, marriage, family or stability compare? 
Boys are literally fucking themselves to death 
and justifying it by saying that life is death if 
they can't have sex. I don't know about you, 
but I have never had sex that was worth dying 
for. And I'm multi-orgasmic. READ: I never 
stop orgasming. I can have sex and come con- 
tinuously for the rest of my life. I have orgasms 
that are so powerful; I have passed out and 
woken up tnree inches shorter. I have to beg 
for mercy. I have orgasms that make the whole 
world sing... You get the point, don't ya? And, 
I am fucking beautiful. I have the ability to 
make people listen, the intellect and insignt to 
change the world and the confidence to try. I 
have things to say and do and learn and teach. 
I have wonderful friends and I want to see the 
Northern Lights and write a novel and have a 
child and ruin its life. I want to go to Venice 
and Amsterdam and Flint, Michigan. I want to 
laugh with my best friend and marvel at her 
sense of humor and paint my house. I even 
want to latchhook a rug and sing Rocky Rac- 
coon around a camp fire after a long day of 
raising consciousness and make a souffle for a 
potluck in the basement of the Unitarian 
Church. And I want to get off as hard as I can 
and fuck like a bunny and come so hard my 
ears ring. And I am. All without buying a red 
car and dockers. And without hurting myself 
and here's the clincher, without hurting any- 
one else. 

Oh, I'm not trying to hurt anyone, we're all 
just looking for someone to love. I thought this 
was a chick phrase, since women are social- 
ized to believe sex can be bartered for love. 
Now, every queen I know is lamenting about 
looking for love in all the wrong places. Uh uh 
honey, you ain't gonna find it at Blow Buddies. 
Here is the one community where sex can be 
all about sex. Where patriarchy is a fetish and 

fender dynamics is the name of a gym. Where 
oys can oe boys and men can be boys. Oh, I'm 
so over the rainbow! They of all people should 
know that the yellow stained road will only 
lead them to a cul de sac. I guess they are the 
family jewels. Sigh, if I only had a brain... But, 
let's get down to the nitty gritty here. I'm not 
just talking to the manly men, breeders can't 
even talk about sex, much less why they do it. 
Why do boys and girls have sex? think about 
it. What is the main reason for having sex? 
Procreation? For those who said that, bite your 
tongue and go pay your child support. What is 
the main factor for having sex? What starts 
intercourse and what ends it? And what is 
incidental to the definition of intercourse? Why 
does rape equal sex? Cuz sex is anything that 
makes a dick happy. And a dick is happy when 
it comes. Regardless if the woman or man (I'll 
throw that in for the small percentage of cases) 
consented or was' awake or even alive. And 
with that definition, no wonder the courts are 
having problems convicting rapists. Rape 
makes the dick happy, therefore rape equals 
sex. Without ever once considering what rape 
makes the woman feel like. Wow, that was great, 
did you come? Rape is sex that women ask for 
just by being there. No matter what we say or 
feel or do, we ask for it. Cuz that's what wom- 
en are for, right? Funny how we never get a say 
in the matter, yet we ask for it. 

I think it's about time we start asking for 
something else. Starting with the fundamental 
right to control our own fertility; access to non- 



discriminatory, comprehensive reproductive 
heath care; the elimination of sex and race 
discrimination in wage setting systems as well 
as all forms of discrimination based on sexual 
orientation; and the destruction of institution- 
alized hypocrisy such as the glass ceiling, the 
promise keepers and the Speaker of the House. 
Maybe then I'll let someone fuck me when I'm 
passed out. 

Whew, I need a hand getting off my 
soapbox. Next time, I'll get back to writing 
about firemen and fisting. On that note, SM- 
MILE just announced that they distributed a 
whopping $150,000 raised by this year's Fol- 
som Street Fair to SF charities and community 
organizations! Feeling proud to be a pervert! 
Til then, love yourself and be nice to others, 
then maybe we can all play hard... 




I learned to shoot a rifle in the Boy Scouts 
for a merit badge. When I tell this to some 
stateside European revolutionaries in 1972, 
they're astounded. They're all trying to pre- 
pare for "the revolution," but getting guns and 
getting trained in how to use them is quite a bit 
more difficult in Europe. 

"You mean they taught you how to use 
a firearm?" They ask^ incredulous. 

"Yep," I answer. "And my dad taught 
me how to shoot a handgun." 

They are amazed that the "imperialist 
American state" would permit its citizens so 
casual an association with firearms. What 
should really amaze them is that between a 
fifth and a fourth of all Americans own some 
kind of gun, without any consequent threat of 
social unrest let alone revolution. Even though 
I know how to use a gun, I've never owned 
one. Don't intend to either. More often than 
not, confidence in a gun means paying less 
attention to your surroundings, your behav- 
ior, your life, not to mention your own reason, 

skill and creativity. 

*** 

The California Assembly was debating 
gun control legislation sometime in 1 967, when 
some anti-gun control protesters showed up 
in Sacramento to oppose the bill. These weren t 
exactly your usual "good ol' boy" NRA red- 
neck types. 

Not by a long shot. 

I remember that the grainy black and 
white screen panned along a line of young 
black men wearing black leather jackets and 
black berets, allproudly displaying their rifles 
and shotguns. The Black Panther Party was in 
the house. The news crew cut to a picture of a 
handsome Panther named Huey P. Newton as 
the news reporter asked him why he was 
protesting gun control. 

"So long as the pigs have guns, the Black 
Panther Party opposes taking guns away from 
the people." He spoke with confidence and 



determination. "The right of the people to bear 
arms in self defense is further guaranteed in 
the US Constitution..." 

At which point Newton pulled out a 
well-worn pocket-sized American flag deco- 
rated copy of the constitution from his jacket 
pocket and proceeded to read the Second 
Amendment on camera. An electrifying dem- 
onstration, to be sure. Yet it also probably 
fuaranteed the passage of that gun control 
ill. 

*** 

I was 16 years old in 1969 when a cop 
first pointed a gun at me. Five of us took off on 
spring break from Ventura, California to San 
Francisco for a "youth liberation/ anti-skool" 
conference in Carmen's barreling, barely legal 
'58 Chevy. On the way back, we drove High- 
way 1, cruising with the windows open, roll- 
ing joints from a large glass jar stuffed with 
marijuana, playing rock ir'roll 8-track tapes at 
full volume. Back then an ounce cost $10 and 
we were all so fucking high. 

We were south of Pismo Beach when we 
saw a CHP car on the side of the highway, the 
cop giving someone a ticket. Without having 
to say a word, we rolled down what windows 
weren't wide open and in unison we yelled 
"sooooweeee" at the top of our lungs as we 

?assed the cop and the motorist he'd caught. 
hen we burst into uproarious laughter. We 
returned to joking, toking and singing along to 
Spirit as we drove until, fifteen minutes later, 
the driver Carmen glanced in her rear view 
mirror. 

"Ah shit," she said just as we heard the 
dopplering police siren. "That pig's coming 
up fast behind us." 

The rest of us looked back at the CHP 
car's flashing lights. 

"Hide the dope under the seat." Tom 
yelled at me from shotgun, then promptly ate 
the smoldering joint we d been passing around. 
The car's ashtrays were quickly emptied of 
roaches. I sat behind Carmen, so I put the jar 
of pot under her driver's seat and clamped it 
down with my tennis shoes. She then pulled 
over at the next scenic rest area, and we all 
prayed that the wind had blown away any 
trace of marijuana smoke. 

The CHP car squealed spitting gravel to 
stop perpendicular to our car. The cop leapt 
outbehind his swinging car door and crouched, 
two hands aiming his service revolver at us. 
Aimed at Carmen and me on the driver's side 
of the car. 

"Don't anybody move." The cop yelled. 
"Now, what seems to be the problem? ' 

"N ... no problem sir," I stuttered out to 
the armed officer of the peace when Carmen 
seemed speechless. I've always been the polite 
sort, something that usually appeases most 
cops. He realized soon enough that we were 
five really scared long-haired kids. He then 
stepped out from behind the car door and 
approached our vehicle, brandishing his gun. 

"You folks shouldn't yell things out your 
window. Thought somebody might be in trou- 
ble. Could have shot one of you if you'd made 
a wrong move." 

He walked around the car, gun still lev- 
eled. He ordered Tom and Jack on the passen- 
ger's side to get out. Stan sat between me and 
Jack in that long Chevy back seat. He clam- 
bered out too but I didn t move, sweat sud den- 



ly flushing my back and beading my forehead, 
my feet desperately holding that marijuana 
jar. The cop made my three friends go through 
a kind-of Chinese fire drill, probably to figure 
out if they were stoned. When he'd reposi- 
tioned Tom next to me and Stan next to him, 
with Jack up front, he strutted around the back 
of the car. 

"Driver's license and registration young 
lady." 

The cop still flourished his gun, direct- 
ing it alternately at Carmen and me as she dug 
through the cluttered glove compartment. I 
didn't like staring down the barrel of his weap- 
on, but when I tried to reposition myself back 
further in the seat, behind the back door strut 
as far as I could squeeze myself, I lost my 
footing on the jar of contraband. It rolled out 
behind Carmen's feet just as she plopped a pile 
of junk from the glove compartment into tier 
lap to search for the registration. 

"I can't seem to find it," she hastily waved 
f istfuls of papers and receipts at the cop as she 
kicked the jar back under the seat. I managed 
to get my feet on the slippery glass once again, 
even with my heart racing. My t-shirt was 
soaked from fear. The cop did holster his re- 
volver to write Carmen a ticket, which of 
course we all agreed to help pay once we were 
back on the road, glad he'd only wanted to 
scare the shit of us. 

He'd certainly done that. 
*** 

"Wanna fight a revolutionary war, get 
yourself a rifle." A Vietnam vet once succinct- 
ly summarized gun usage to me. "Wanna 
protect your home, get yourself a shotgun. 
Wanna commit homicide, get yourself a hand- 
gun." 

*** 

Don't ask me about drugs and guns; 
about buying kilos of primo Mexican or Co- 
lombian weed from dealers who kept hand- 
guns at the ready; about friends who'd been 
robbed, hog-tied at gunpoint going for one 
such deal calling me in Santa Cruz at two in the 
morning from somewhere in San Jose begging 
me to get them home. 

The Santa Cruz mountains had the rep- 
utation as a wild zone in 1972-74. Anything 
could happen in their dense dark forests; from 
rape and murder to drug and gun running. I 
used to buy weed in quantity and mushrooms 
in personal doses from a remote cabin of ultra- 
left revolutionaries rumored to have ties with 
the Weather Underground who collected way 
too many guns and snorted way too much 
coke. 

Talk about paranoia. 

"Don't ever drive off the road when you 

come up here," Andy, the red-haired guy with 

pupils the size of dimes once told me while 

fondling a clean, well oiled Armalite AR-18 

rifle seated beneath a large Viet Cong flag. "If 

your car breaks down, don't try cutting through 

the woods to get to the cabin. Always stick to 

the road and the driveway. We've booby 

trapped the woods for miles around. Just like 

the NLF. You also might accidentally wander 

onto one of our firing ranges." 
*** 

It was cops the only other time I had 
guns drawn on me. San Diego, 1979. I was 
driving a friend's car, an old Ford with expired 
tags and a busted driver's side door. I'd devel- 



oped the practice in the early 1970's of getting 
out of the car I was driving whenever I was 
stopped by the police, leaving the vehicle closed 
and locked as 1 stepped away from it. In those 
years this action gave the cops less of an excuse 
to claim "probable cause" to search the car. 
Old habits die hard, so when an SDPD car 
pulled me over, I rolled up the window, locked 
the broken door and slid across the broad seat 
to exit the Ford on the passenger's side. 

"Halt!" one of the cops yelled. "Hands 
away from your body! Turn around! Slowly!" 

Both cops were out of their car, one 
behind the passenger door, the other behind 
the car, both with their revolvers leveled on 
me. I stood very, very still, even though adren- 
aline revved through my veins. After one cop 
patted me down and searched the car while 
the other cop kept me targeted, they ticketed 
me for driving a vehicle without current regis- 
tration. 

"Don't ever get out of your car like that," 
the cop told me when he handed me my copy 
of the ticket. "You could have grabbed a gun 
from the glove compartment and come out 
shooting. You're just lucky we didn't drop 

you." 

*** 

One of the most incisive working class 
revolutionary memoirs I've read is Michael 
"Bommi" Baumann's Wie Alles Anfing / How it 
all Began. Baumann was a West German urban 
guerrilla during the 1970's, and he had some 
interesting things to say about guns. Describ- 
ing how it felt to rob a bank he writes: "First of 
all, you feel insanely secure, it's logical be- 
cause you have this weapon. Of course, it's 
horrible, a little pistol like that, a weapon, it 
has its own dynamics. You just feel insanely 
secure because you have a thing like that in 
your hand." Later, in a more reflective mood, 
ne comments: "It's crazy what you do, always 
running around with a gun. A man who runs 
around with a gun anchors his center on the 
weapon — where you carry it, that's your cen- 
ter, you move so that you can always pull it out 
any time, anywhere. Today, I can tell with 
anyone if he's got a gun on him, and where he 

has it, because you can see how he moves." 

*** 

I've played my share of war games, not 
fanatically but I have dabbled in everything 
from chess to paintball. Chess is still the clear- 
est game to teach the difference between tac- 
tics and strategy and how to think strategical- 
ly. Yet taking out pawns doesn't even hint at 
the physicality of the military conflict chess 
symbolizes. By contrast a game like paintball 
is far too artificial to teach much 'military 
science." Teams are usually thrown together 
from the yahoos who show up, there's no team 
structure — hierarchical or cellular — let alone 
team decision-making, the fields of action are 
restricted and each game is severely limited in 
time, the goals such as capturing the flag are 
stupid, everybody has way too much ammu- 
nition, you can cheat by wiping off the paint or 
not reporting a hit, ana you know you can't die 
so you do far riskier things than you would if 
you were really under fire. Still and all, crawl- 
ing and sweating through hot, dusty, scratchy 
brush and jumping up to surprise someone of 
the opposite team, only to get plugged 27 
times from every direction in an ambush gives 
your average believer in revolutionary vio- 



lence some interesting second thoughts. 

*** 

As folks who follow this column know 
I'm not against good ol' mass working class 
violence. But I've always had mixed feelings 
about guns. On the one hand, guns are a fact of 
life in this country, and I do know how to use 
them. I certainly don't want the police and the 
military to be the only ones who can legally 
possess guns. On the other hand I think that 
using a gun is pretty stupid, even for "self 
defense" let alone for "making the revolu- 
tion." Guns are rarely used against the state in 
this country; we're most liKely to use 'em 
against each other. Finally, guns really do 
have their own dynamic which changes not 
only personal psychology, but also the wider 
social context. 

Let's imagine a society boiling over with 
popular unrest. Broadbased social movements 
fill the streets with protestors, workers' strike 
business and industry, and riots rock campus- 
es and urban areas. This scenario describes a 
revolutionary situation, the assertion of social 
power at the base. If the powers-that-be can- 
not repress or coopt this situation, but instead 
demonstrate important divisions or weakness- 
es, this volatile mass social power might just 
kick it all over with an actual social revolution. 
The very uncertainty of this chain of events 
however has prompted a number of revolu- 
tionary tendencies to advocate some type of 
armect struggle in order to guarantee or force 
the revolution. 

Armed struggle in a widely dispersed 
rural population can actually help to create 
social power, as Makhno (Ukraine, 1918-21) 
and Mao (Yan'an, 1935-1946) showed. But in 
societies that are mainly urban, armed strug- 
gle acts to polarize society and decimate any 
broader social struggle between the power of 
the state and the terror of the armed struggle 
group. Baumann's book mentioned above 
describes how a broad political and counter- 
cultural rebellion among West German youth 
during the late 1960's and early '70's was 
pushed into ever more violent action when the 
Red Army Fraction inappropriately "took up 
the gun. ' Somewhat earlier Weatherman 
emerged in the United States from the sham- 
bles of SDS with an implicit strategy of forcing 
violent confrontations with the police and the 
state in order to bring down the power of both 
upon the whole movement so as to radicalize 
their fellow New Leftists. Poor and working 
class movements in Peru's cities have to con- 
tend not only with the authoritarian Fujimori 
regime, a brutal military and rightwing death 
squads, but also with the assassinations and 
violent thuggery of the Peruvian Communist 
Party, also known as the Sendero Luminoso/ 
Shining Path. The IRA in northern Ireland 
often acts as a similar "political mafia" within 
the broader Catholic social struggle. The in- 
tent of armed struggle groups to either radi- 
calize a wider social movement or to force the 
state to become more repressive in order to 
reveal its true nature frequently narrows the 
options for social struggle between the false 
dichotomy of "taking up the gun" or acquiesc- 
ing to the violence unleashed by the state 
against the movement as a whole. It the state is 
toppled under such conditions it is not by 
genuine social revolution from the base but 
invariably by the highly militarized armed 



struggle organization substituting for a mass 
uprising. 

Occasionally revolutionary situations 
based upon mass social power do advance all 
on their own to full-scale honest-to-Marx so- 
cial revolutions. And there's no doubt about it 
that a social revolution often involves large 
parts of the population taking up arms or 
seizing arms in a popular uprising that rather 
quickly overthrows the powers-that-be. Most 
such social revolutions are actually not that 
violent or bloody, but they often generate a 
new problem involving guns. Unless the rev- 
olution is virtually universal (as in Hungary in 
1956 or Cuba in 1958-9) the social revolution is 
quickly overwhelmed by civil war as the de- 
posed ruling class mounts its counter-revolu- 
tion. 

Thus the historical regularity with which 
ebullient social revolution becomes bloody 
civil war raises what's known on the Left as the 
"military question." When social revolution 
gives way to civil war, social dialectics give 
way to military tactics and strategy. Needless 
to say, bullets are not subject to dialects. Being 
a socialist does not make one immune to bul- 
lets or guarantee military victory, any more 
than being a fascist makes one a magnet for 
them and insure military defeat. Leninnimself 
barely survived an assassination attempt and 
believe me it wasn't his correct proletarian 
ideology that made the difference. The ac- 
cused assassin, Fanny Kaplan was just a bad 
shot. In 1919 when Smirnov's "Military Oppo- 
sition" criticized Trotsky's methods in creat- 
ing the Red Army — special forms of address 
and salutation, specialliving quarters and oth- 
er privileges for officers, severe traditional 
military discipline, retention of Tsarist officers 
as military specialists — Trotsky harshly dis- 
missed the idea of "proletarian military strat- 
egy" and vigorously insisted that military 
matters must not be subject to politics. Trotsky 
ruthlessly suppressed a couple dozen soldiers' 
mutinies in the Red Army during the civil war, 
culminating with Kronstadt, in order to main- 
tain military discipline and protect Bolshevik 
rule. Nor is it clear that the anarchist experi- 
ence, from Makhno's armies to the Spanish 
anarchist militias, has answered the "military 
question" in any more qualitative, liberatory a 
way. 

Taking up the gun makes military action 
preeminent over social action. Social revolu- 
tion gets displaced by "military science." Again 
unlike people, bullets aren't subject to social 
dialectics. As I said I have very mixed feelings 
about guns. In a mode very uncharacteristic of 
"Lefty ' Hooligan however, I'll admit I don't 
have an answer to the "military question." All 
I got now is... 

...ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS... 
INDEPENDENT MEXICAN LABOR is on 
the move according to Labor Notes #233 & #234 
(8.5x11, 16 pgs., newsprint; $20/1 year sub-12 
issues; published by Labor Education & Re- 
search Project, 7435 Michigan Ave., Detroit, 
MI 48210). Delegates from 132 unions formed 
an independent labor federation, the National 
Union of Workers (UNT), covering some 1.5 
million workers on August 22-23. The UNT is 
up against both the PRI-dominated Confeder- 
ation of Mexican Workers (CTM) and the state- 
affiliated Congress of Labor (CT). Another 
independent labor federation and a member 



i>wMm 



of the UNT, the Authentic Labor Front (FAT) 
represents only some 50,000 workers, yet its 
Metal, Steel and Allied Workers Union ousted 
a company-dominated union in a Tijuana 
maquiladora factory by vote on October 6 
according to the 10-8-97 SF Chronicle. Another 
version of this story is provided by the 10-7-97 
SD Union-Tribune under the headline ''Work- 
ers rebel at maquiladora." The state's labor 
board has overturned the independent union's 
elections as of 11-14-97 (11-15-97, SF Chronicle) 
in an apparent hardening of the government's 
attitude toward independent labor as well as 
in violation of NAFTA. Karl Koons submitted 
the Union-Tribime piece and writes: "We'll see 
a strange rash of accidents' start to happen 
soon...' 

CONTRADICTIONS? Many columns ago I 
criticized Love & Rage for their tacit acceptance 
of the idea of developmental stages as I de- 
clared Marx's theory of historical stages and 
human progress highly suspect. Yet two col- 
umns ago, I seemed to endorse Marx's stage 
theory by promoting social revolution as the 
mechanism through which society moves from 
one mode of production to another. No contra- 
diction, because I don't see this as a linear 
process. Marx grasped how things worked 
within a particular mode of production — the 
interaction of forces of production with rela- 
tions of production — but once the former has 
outstripped the latter and social revolution is 
imminent there's no historical necessity that 
society must "advance" to the mode of pro- 
duction "next in line." Not only do I think that 
you can skip Marxist stages, I think that any 
pre-capitalist mode of production (barbarism, 
savagery, feudalism) can go directly to com- 
munism via social revolution. I also think that 
society can go backwards in the Marxist scheme 
of things. Many an SF story has as its setting a 
humanity reduced to primitive conditions 
through atomic war, a war that might come 
about with international social revolution. 
Even as you read this, Afghanistan's Taliban 
has largely succeeded in erasing that coun- 
try's "socialist" past with a return to feudal 
theocracy after prolonged war, guerrilla war 
and civil war. just one more thing to think 
about when considering the "military ques- 
tion...." 

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HALL 
DEAL 



The hills are alive, and the court system 
is humming with absurd litigation. Lawyers 
for Microsoft Corp. are .asking a Washington 
federal judge to dismiss an anti-trust law suit 
filed by the Justice Department. The feds want 



Bill Gates to cough up a $1 million fine for 
every day he continues to require that PC 
manufacturers include his Internet Explorer 
browser with the Windows operating system. 
If I were Bill, I'd pay up — how can a company 
that owns 80 percent of its market claim not to 
be a monopoly? 

In other legal news, testy British au pair 
Louise Woodward was recently released by a 
Boston judge. Court observers expect Sunil 
and Deborah Eappen, absentee parents of the 
eight-month-old baby whom Woodward is 
accused of rattling to a way early grave, to file 
a wrongful-death suit amounting to millions 
of dollars. Woodward, however, is broke — 
thanks partly to the chintzy $135-a-week the 
Eappens paid her— so the yuppiesTl likely go 
after the agency that brought trie high-strung 
1 9-year-old to the United States and later fund- 
ed her incompetent and pricey defense: EF Au 
Pair. Come to think of it, Louise Woodward 
probably ought to sue them as well. 

By far my favorite law suit du jour, how- 
ever, was filed in November in a Cincinnati 
federal court — by Otto Stalinski against the 
Chiquita Brands International banana produc- 
er for malicious persecution, fraud and puni- 
tive damages. Stalinski claims that Chiquita 
dispatched armed thugs to kidnap him from a 
hotel room in San Pedro Sula, Honduras in 
April 1990, when he was working for the Irish 
banana company Fyffes. "The claims are mer- 
itless," Chiquita spokesmanJosepHHaginsaid. 
Meritless perhaps, but they are fucking hirlar- 
ious. 

This frenzy of legal activity got me think- 
ing about all the people I'd love to sue if I ever 
had the right lawyers and a limitless supply of 
ready cash. 

First, I'd sue every employer I've ever 
had who flaunted the federal labor laws. Al- 
most every corporation tells its salaried em- 
ployees that they're not entitled to overtime — 
let's see what the courts have to say about that. 
I'd accuse every company that calls full-timers 
"independent contractors" to evade paying 
benefits of tax fraud. I'd sue to enforce every 
American's sacred legal right to morning and 
afternoon coffee breaks and offices with work- 
ing ventilation systems. 

Speaking of bad air, I'd also sue for non- 
smokers' rights. Now that the lethal effects of 
secondhand smoke are widely recognized — 
involuntary tobacco consumption kills more 
people than cancer or AIDS — it's sheer lunacy 
that smoking is allowed in any public place, 
including outdoors. Apartment dwellers 
should even be banned from smoking inside 
their homes. Why should anyone risk burning 
to death because their neighbors up in 5A like 
to smoke in bed? I would push for a smoking 
version of Megan's Law — nouses belonging to 
nicotine consumers should be registered with 
the fire department. No fireman should die 
protecting the property of a suicidal antisocial 
drug addict. And certainly no parent can smoke 
at home. 

Racial separatism is one of the greatest 
poisons in American society today. Yet we 
tolerate colleges and universities allowing their 
students to segregate themselves into Asian 
Student Associations and Black Student Orga- 
nizations, fraternities and sororities that dis- 
criminate along ethnic, religious, sexual-ori- 
entation and racial lines and even "theme dor- 



mitories" designed exclusively for members 
of one group. Even the priciest private institu- 
tions rely on taxpayer money — and I've love 
nothing more than to file civil rights suits 
against each and every American university 
that tolerates such vile discrimination on its 
campus. 

I live for the day that I can fund the fight 
against people who forget that the Declaration 
of Independence was authored by an atheist 
and that religious freedom relies on the strict 
separation of church and state. I'd hire law- 
yers to seek out and put an end to school 
prayer, sue the Federal Reserve to eliminate 
the word God from our currency and prohibit 
public officials from making religious refer- 
ences in speeches. 

My team of voracious attorneys would 
take on the constitutional age requirements to 
run for congress and the presidency based on 
age discrimination and male-only selective 
service registration on sex discrimination. 
They'd accuse landlords who ban kids and 
car-rental agencies who won't rent to licensed 
drivers under 25 of ageism. They'd file harass- 
ment claims against telemarketers and com- 
puter spammers. They'd sue to break up the 
cable TV and bank monopolies. And most 
important, they'd sue every radio station in 
America for cruel and unusual infliction of 
shitty music on the masses. 

You might say that I'm petty, vindictive, 
and willing to abuse the court system to pro- 
mote my small-minded agenda. But there's no 
need to worry — I don't see getting rich any 
time soon. 

Send stuff: Ted Rail, P.O. Box 2092, Times 
Square Station, New York NY 10108, e-mail: 
tedrall@aol.com. 




Nothing new to rant about. I've got a ton 
of records and CD's in front of me I need to 
mention. This could get pretty winded. So I 
may finish this stack next month. There is no 
predicting the world's pop output! suppose. 

First up is the DISCOUNT "Half Fic- 
tion" CD on Kat Records (PO Box 460692, 
Escondido, CA 92046). What can I say? These 
guys rule. A strong follow up to their great 
debut disc. Awesome gal vocals over a J 
Church-like sound. These folks certainly have 
the "hit" potential with some killer pop emo 
punk songs. Also a cool live band as I recently 
saw them in a warehouse-like setting in the or 
East Bay. Extremely recommended. I also 
caught HOT WATER MUSIC with Discount. 
These guys crank out some heavy emo-core 
stuff live and on their "Fuel For The Hate 
Game" CD on No Idea Records (PO Box 14636, 
Gainesville, FL 32604). A more listenable 
Fugazi I guess. Not so much pop but still a 
powerful riff heavy band . Being a fate b loomer 
with these guys, they should have a new full- 



length out any day now. For the tnird Honda 
band in a row, we have the MY PAL TRIGGER 
"There's Hope In No Tomorrow" CD on Sec- 
ond Guess Records (PO Box 9382, Reno, NV 
89507). Although these guys are usually com- 
pared to Jawbreaker, I think they have moved 
forward with this release. Although there's 
plenty of channel switching on this, there is 
also some cool post punky pop grooves. Some 
texture and melody to boot. But this still has 
it's share of early Jawbreaker type rockers. 

Honey Bear (PO Box 460346, San Fran- 
cisco, CA 94146) has been quite busy of late 
with a batch of diverse releases. For starters we 
have the TRAVIS CUT "Complicated" EP. 
This brit outfit cranks out the speedy pop 
punk a la China Drum or Snuff. A top notch 
single with great powerful production and 
three keepers. A band that has yet to disap- 
point. PEE has a new EP "Miracle Research 
Center Staff" or maybe it's the other way 
around. It's confusing but I think Lance wants 
the PEE i.d. for his sanity's sake. A four songer 
which is more reminiscent of their singles than 
their awesome full length of a year or so ago. 
Which isn't to say this isn't great. Definitely 
with this release and newer material live these 
folks are getting more textured and playing 
with weird timings. As always, hard to ex- 
plain this group. The great gal /guy vocals 
remains in tact though. Hopefully more is on 
the way from this great local band. PUNJAB 
ROVERS is a side project of members of Mam- 
bo Taxi and Cornershop. Good swirly UK 
indie pop basically. Although I'm not sure if 
this is a recent recording or not. I suspect not. 
Fans of this sound (Stereolab etc.) will dig this. 
Should be pretty limited too. The MOONS 
"Stolen Days" 45 is a co™ release with Broken 
Rekids (PO Box 460402, San Francisco, CA 
94146). This is a pop single in the Teenage 
Fanclub vein. I saw these guys early on and 
they had some great pop songs and if they've 
keep it going, they must be pretty great by 
now. Especially song wise. A release I've per- 
sonally been waiting for. 

A couple of mod releases worth men- 
tioning here. The always great ODD NUM- 
BERS have a new CD ^A Guide To Modern 
Living" on Eight One Nine (190 Martha Street 
#1, San Jose, CA 95112). Another great dose of 
Jam /Chords mod guitar pop. This is my kinda 
mod. Rickenbacker guitars and a spunky 
rhythm section. I still have to catch these guys 
live. I seem to keep missing them. My loss I 
hear/ Detour Records (PO Box 18, Midhurst, 
West Sussex, GU29 9YU, England) has put out 
a double LP by THE KILLERMETERS entitled 
"Metric Noise". A comp of recordings of this 
UK band circa 1980. Good revival stuff from 
this band that was part of the Chords/ Secret 
Affair/ Lambrettas movement. Basically all the 
folks who got worked up over the Quadraphe- 
nia movie. Good quality stuff that plays like a 
good mod LP. I'd like to see Detour put more 
of this type of mod out (old and new), instead 
of the 60 s organ stuff. 

On the re-issue front, we have the VKT- 
MS CD on Broken Rekids (PO Box 460402, San 
Francisco, CA 94142). This has held up quite 
well. In fact this sounds better now than way 
back when. Avengers sound a-likes. The two 
old singles are included here as well as a bunch 
of unreleased stuff or at least unreleased until 
a couple of years ago. All good studio quality 



minus a couple live tracks. SF punk rock from 
1979 and on. The CHEIFS "Holly-west Crisis" 
CD on Flipside (PO Box 60790, Pasadena, CA 
91116) is great vintage SoCal punk. 13 great 
punk rockers here. This makes one cool full- 
length. A collection of various releases and 
some unreleased stuff. Think early Descen- 
dents if you're unfamiliar with these guys. A 
raw less™pop sound. The best re-issue in ages. 
Classic stuff. On the way less punk side is the 
B GIRLS "Who Says Girls Can't Rock" CD on 
Other Peoples Music (PO Box 227, Station P, 
Toronto, Canada M5S 2S7) Girl group new 
wave pop that is reminiscent of Blondie. Some 
of this stuff should have been on the Valley 
Girl soundtrack. Great Phil Spector gone dyed 
blonde pop tunes. All unreleased excluding a 
couple single tracks. They could have been trie 
next Go Go's or maybe just the next Flirts. 
Either way a fun girl group release. 

For indie poppers, the hot new band this 
month is POOPIEHEAD. Who have two EP's 
"Rise Of The Poopie People" and "Big Red 
Poopie Eater" out on Kittyboo Records (PO 
Box 155043, Irving, TX 75015). Fun cheesy 
amateur stuff with lo-fi production, cheapo 
instruments, and wimpy gal/ guy vocals. All 
the right elements for a fun indie pop record. 
Upbeat songs and melodies too. A band you 
twee-ers should look into. Another decent in- 
die release is the AUTOMATICS (from Japan) 
"I Wish" EP on AmPop (PO Box 2271, San 
Rafael, CA 94912). Girl vocals pop from the 
Sunnychar girl. Japan's answer to the Primi- 
tives. The even do a Prims cover here. Not as 
punky as Sunnychar but stillgood bubblegum 
pop. The BEEzEWAX "A Dozen Summits" 
CD on LaNuGo ( PO Box 987, 1517 Moss, 
Norway) is good noisy guitar pop a la 
Swervedriver or Edsel Auctioneer. I used to 
really be into this sound (I still even have my 
Ned s Atomic Dustbin t-shirt!) so it's nice to 
hear a band do this stuff well. A little Dinosaur 
noise too. A really strong full-length that holds 
up well to it's influences. The WORKHORSE 
"Mardi Garage" CD on Herb Jackson Records 
(8456 Nowlen St., Mentor, OH 44060) pays 
tribute to one of my all-time faves The Mice 
from Cleveland. I'm still waiting for that com- 
plete Mice CD re-ish that some Parasol-like 
should put out. This is even on The Mice's 
early label. What gives. A Mice cover too? 
Noisy punk pop that you could see Bob Mould 
singing. Good thrashy fuzzy pop music. The 
WONDERBOY "Napoleon Blown Apart" on 
CD Racer Records (Phone 1-800-5-RACER-5) 
is good power pop with a few Beatle-esqe 
ditties toward the end of this full length. Strong 
"girl I dig you" type songs when they do the 
power pop thing, this LA area band certainly 
has a knack" for this sound. What's even 
stranger is around 1990 or so, I was hanging 
out with a rock and roller friend in Hollywood 
and we went the singer/ songwriter of this 
band's house to pick up a guitar or something 
like that. He tolcfme that this was the guy who 
played cousin Oliver on the Brady Bunch. 
Now his band's CD ends up in the not-even 
punk rock bin at MRR. Is that some sort of deja 
fucking vu or what. Oh ya, the tune "Why 
Can't One And One Be Two?" is really great. 

It seems like I've been going on awhile 
and I'm looking at a batch of twelve or so pop 
punk and emo pop punk releases. So I'm gon- 
na break now until next month or so. Later. 



NetPunk , 

ark / ,-7U7\ 



Mark 



Hanford 



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A new year is upon us, and once again 
the government wants to take away our right 
to see what we want on the internet. 

Remember the Communications Decen- 
cy Act that the Supreme Court threw out last 
year? Well, it's back, in a new form, thanks to 
a Republican Senator who's probably trying to 
get re-elected and make everyone believe that 
he* doesn't surf the sex sites. It's Senate Bill 
1482, which has been nicknamed "Son of 
CDA", and it's intent is to ban material on web 
pages that could be considered "harmful to 
minors". Anyone who was found guilty of 
distributing such material (and distributors 
could mean web page designers, online sites, 
internet service providers, and who knows 
who else) could oe fined up to $50,000 and 
spend six months in jail, just like the Act 
overturned by the Supreme Court, this bill 
doesn't specify what "harmful to minors" 
means or whether what is harmful to a six year 
old could be considered harmful to a 16 year 
old. In addition, it also doesn't sav who will 
decide initially that the material is narmful. In 
other words, it's another bunch of bullshit 
from some politician who doesn't know the 
net from his asshole. If you want to keep up 
with what's going on with the CDA, here are 
the sites to check out. The ACLU is at http:// 
www.aclu.org/ and is bound to stay on top of 
things. There s also the Center for Democracy 
and Technology (http://www.cdt.org/), the 
Electronic Frontier Foundation (http:// 
www.eff.org/) and the Citizens Internet Em- 
powerment Coalition (http:/ /www. ciec.org/ 
). Keep up with what's happening in Washing- 
ton, because it could change the course of the 
internet in very oppressive ways. 

Okay, so I've been doing theme oriented 
columns the last couple of months, and a bunch 
of you have written to have me check out 
particular sites. I'm going to spend the rest of 
the column talking about the best of the bunch 
that I've been mailed recently. I think I'll start 
with the Zeitgeist Photopunk Archive at http:/ 
/ pages.ripco.com/-pavlov /where you'll find 
a bunch of very cool band photos that I'm 
assuming were taken by the guy who does this 
archive. Photos of bands like Boris the Sprin- 
kler, Anti-Flag, J-Church, US Bombs, The Mak- 
ers, D.I.R.T. and a bunch more. You'll find the 
photos in the section "Pavvy's Crap", and not 
much else under the other links. Still worth it 
for the pictures, though. Jersey Beat 'Zine now 
has a web page, and though somewhat sparse 
at the time of this writing, still has some pretty 
cool stuff. A few articles from the zine, a cou- 
ple of columns, record and zine reviews, and a 
decent photo archive make this worth your 
time. You'll find Jersey Beat at http:// 
www.jerseybeat.com/ . Speaking of paper 
zines going online, Punk Planet now has their 



very own website. The content seems to differ 
from that of the magazine, which is cool. They 
are slowly but surely updating the site, but 
right now it has a live webchat section, a 
feature on Pro Wrestling, and a photo essay on 
DC People and their cars. Overall, not bad. 
Could be really cool if the webchat feature 
ever takes off. Try it out at http://www. 
punkplanet.com/. 

Speaking of DC People, the DCHARD- 
CORE website at http:/ /www. dchard- 
core.org/. DCHARDCORE bills itself as a re- 
source for the DC Music scene, and includes 
photos, interviews with DC scenesters, infor- 
mation about upcoming shows, lists of bands, 
labels, stores and the like. All in all, it's one of 
the coolest "scene" pages I've seen, though I'm 
sure it doesn't cover the entire DC scene. An- 
other decent scene-related page can be found 
at http://www.atlantapunk.com/ . Yep, you 
got it, it's "Atlanta's Official Punk Scene Infor- 
mation Website", with info about Atlanta 
bands, upcoming shows, a photo album, punk 
chat, Atlanta bands from the past, record la- 
bels, stores, classified ads, trivia contests, and 
more. Definitely cool to visit, even if you have 
no plans to ever visit Atlanta. Moving to the 
west coast, and a musical style that is on punk's 
fringes, we have West Coast Psychobilly(http:/ 
/www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Palladi- 
um / 2609 /psycho. htm). There's linlcs to bands 
here like Hellbillies and Buddy's Riot, as well 
as info about West Coast shows, some sound 
files, reviews, zines, movies and more. Cool 
stuff, if you like some 50's in your punk rock. 
It's been almost two years since I mentioned 
#punk on IRC in this column. IRC, which 
stands. for Internet Relay Chat, is a way to chat 
in real-time with other punks on the net. You'll 
need a chat program like Homer for the Mac 
(available From http://www.mac 
orchard.com/) or mIRC for the PC (athttp:// 
cws.internet.com/). There are 3 or 4 ire net- 
works out there, with the most popular being 
DALnet, Efnet, and Undernet, and all of them 
have a channel called #punk. In fact, I even ran 
across a DALnet #punk homepage you might 
want to visit. You'll find it at http:// 
punk, wl .net/ . Check out IRC, you never know 
who you might run into there. A relatively 
new e-mail list for fans of hardcore just started 
up. It's called the HxC-List, and there's in- 
structions for how to subscribe to it at http:// 
www.primenet.com/~curb/hclist/ . I'm not 
on it myself, so I have no idea how popular it 
is, how many messages you mignt get, or 
anything else. Speaking of mailing lists, I 
fucked up a few issues back when I told you 
how to subscribe to the punk-list. There was 
much rejoicing from the p-listers when they 
realized I fucked up, because they're such an 
exclusive group, but fuck 'em if they can't take 
a few newbies. Here's the right way to sub- 
scribe (and prepare to be bombarded with at 
the very least 100 messages a day): Send an e- 
mail message to majordomo@cc.gatech.edu 
with NO subject line, and "subscribe punk- 
list" (without the quotation marks) in the Dody. 
That should get you subscribed and sorry for 
whatever I wrote before. 

Finally, in the spirit of keeping informa- 
tion free from government censorship, I want 
to mention the M.I.T. Student Association for 
Freedom of Expression (SAFE) Home Page at 
http://www.mit.edu/activities/safe/ 



home.html . There is a lot of information here 
the "THE MAN" does not want you to see. 
There are also links to other organizations 
trying to keep censorship off the net and other 
articles, etc on freedom of expression issues. 
Read it, because who knows how soon you 
might not be able to. Well, that does it for 
another month. You can e-mail me at 
hanford@primenet.com , or write to me at PO 
Box 8059; Santa Cruz CA 95061. Finally, as 
always, you can read my columns online at 
http://netpunk.base.org. Until next month - 
see ya. 
j MJUTiriwy,, ; 




DE: Hello my name is Dave Emory and its my 
privilege and pleasure to present Martin Lee, 
the author of The Beast Reawakens, just released 
in hard cover by Little Brown Books, and 
copyright 1997. Martin, welcome to our air- 
waves. 

ML: Thank you Dave. 

DE: You have written a book, the importance 
of which would be difficult to exaggerate, 
which discusses some very important although 
not generally well known goings on which 
stretch from a period of WWII right on up to 
the present and figures to echo for a long time 
to come. Martin, let's start with our discussion 
of the closing months of WWII. By the way, 
before we actually get into your book I should 
perhaps introduce you as not only one of the 
seminal members of Fairness of Accuracy In 
Reporting, a media watchdog group that many 
of the members of the audience will be familiar 
with. You're also the author, along with Bruce 
Shlain, of "Acid Dreams: The CIA, LSD,, And 
The Sixties Rebellion", which documents, 
among other things, the significant connec- 
tions through the intelligence community and 
the sixties psychedelic subculture. Martin, once 
again back to the The Beast Reawakens, your 
recent and vitally important book. A good 
place I think to begin the analysis of the succes- 
sion of events that you talk about would be the 
closing months or WWII. During the closing 
stages of the war, the Third Reich was actually 
looking to split the Allies by playing the Soviet 
Union off against the West. Could you tell us 
a little bit about that? 

ML: Yes, The Beast Reawakens is essentially a 
history of neo-Fascism from the end of WWII 
to the present. So the appropriate place to start 
is the end of WWII and as you pointed out the 
Germans had a very tough situation on their 
hands. They were losing the war, it was inev- 
itable they were going to be defeated, and how 
do you deal with that situation? Well, the 
intelligence chiefs in Germany, in particular 
Walter Schellenberg who was the chief of the 
SD, the German SS foreign intelligence ser- 
vice, thought there was some opportunity to 
pursue an advantage for the Germans if they 



could split the Allies, the capitalist west versus 
the communist east. They saw this alliance as 
a tenuous one that didn't have a long future in 
store and they thought if they could exacer- 
bate the tensions within the ranks of the Allies 
early on maybe that could provide some kind 
of advantage for them as the war was drawing 
to a close. And while it didn't result in specif- 
ically splitting the alliance up for a military 
advantage for Germany, it did set the stage for 
machinations that took place later on as Nazi 
war veteranspersuaded what is called the see- 
saw policy, playing one side off the other. And 
because Germany is naturally centered, or 
seated rather in the middle of Europe it was 
naturally in a position to play east off west. 
And I think the Nazi veterans after the war 
used their geopolitical position to try to gain 
some sort of advantage. And essentially it 
played out where some of the Nazis after the 
war ended up working with the CIA and other 
Western intelligence services and other Nazis 
ended up working with the Soviets and East- 
ern intelligence services and yet while they 
were gravitating toward one super power or 
the other they were actually in fact working for 
Germany amongst themselves, still collabo- 
rating even though it looked like they had 
lined up with East or West. 
DE: This see-saw policy actually began to 
manifest itself during the closing phases of 
WWII during the negotiations that you dis- 
cuss where the representatives of the Third 
Reich's political and national security estab- 
lishments entered into discussions with repre- 
sentatives of Western espionage aeencies. 
Many of the OSS people, like Allen Dulles and 
Wild Bill Donovan, wore two hats — not only 
functioning as spies but also as corporate law- 
yers and representatives of some very power- 
ful industrial and financial interests that had 
some vested interests in Third Reich financing 
industry. 

ML: Yes, clearly that's the case, Schellenberg 
himself head of the SD, the SS foreign intelli- 
gence service, sent emissaries to speak to Allen 
Dulles who was based in Switzerland for the 
OSS — that's the CIA's wartime predecessor, 
the Office of Strategic Services — and had se- 
cret negotiations going on. At the same time 
these were going on, Schellenberg also has his 
feelers out to the Soviets and were in fact 
cluing the Soviets into the fact that they were 
having secret negotiations with the U.S., which 
made the Soviets very angry and it did exacer- 
bate tensions towards the end of the war be- 
tween the U.S. and Soviet Union. So in that 
sense, to the extent that it exacerbated these 
tensions, the see-saw policy being secretly 

fmrsued by the Nazis, did have some success, 
t did hasten a spilt in the ranks of the Allies. 
And what's key here is that Schellenberg him- 
self was on the board of directors of ITT's 
German subsidiary, who have these powerful 
corporate connections. Allen Dulles was a cor- 
porate lawyer for Sullivan Cromwell and I'm 
sure many of your listeners know that. 
DE: Could you tell us just, real briefly about 
Sullivan and Cromwell's many connections? 
ML: Well Sullivan and Cromwell represented 
firms like the German chemical giant IG Far- 
ben, which has been described as the back- 
bone of the Nazi war machine. John Foster 
Dulles, Allen's brother and future Secretary of 
State under Eisenhower when Allen became 



CIA director, was lawyering for the likes of 
Franco in Spain. So you had these very power- 
ful connections with German Fascists and oth- 
er Fascists in Europe. But what's important to 
keep in mind is that from the point of view of 
German industry, while it has these links to 
the West they are also seeing that it's very 
important for them to have links to the East 
ana look to the East for market and for their 
goods, since Germany is a country that doesn't 
have many raw materials or natural resources 
of its own. They look to the East for raw 
materials and so forth. So there was a powerful 
lure always looking to the East, either from the 
German industrialists while they had these 
connections to the West. 
DE: Before we get into some of the actual hard 
machinations of people like Schellenberg and 
some of his successors engaged in some of this 
see-saw policy, this German-Russian geopo- 
litical consideration actually was formalized 
by Von Bismark, an old tendency in German 
politics. 

ML: It actually goes back even before Von 
Bismark, to Frederick the Great's time during 
the seventeen hundreds when Frederick the 
Great stressed the importance of a Prussian/ 
Russian alliance. So it s a deep rooted tenden- 
cy going back centuries. And if we step back 
from it, we can see it again, Germany being in 
the middle of Europe, which can relate to both 
East and West. On the one hand, on the west- 
ern side the obvious link for Nazi and the CIA 
after the war is the shared anti-Communism. 
It's the Atlantic orientation that goes in one 
direction but then you got even this older 
tendency going back several centuries as epit- 
omized by Von Bismark which says Germany 
must never let interests collide with Russian 
interests. Germany and Russia have to be nat- 
ural geopolitical partners because Russia has 
raw materials and the markets that German 
industry needs. And Russia also needs certain 
things that Germany can provide. You know, 
heavy industry and so forth. So you have that 
powerful geopolitical imperative that points 
towards a German-Russian alliance that has 
nothing to do with ideology but everything to 
do with geopolitics, so it s not a question of 
Nazis looking East after the war because they 
like Communism or they like a dictatorship 
per se, but because they realized, as Bismark 
realized, that's where a powerful Germany 
laid. So you have these two geopolitical ten- 
dencies, one Atlantic orientated, anti-Com- 
munist and the other pan-European, or Ger- 
man-Russian and both these tendencies man- 
ifest and play out after the war in very interest- 
ing ways. 

DE: You mention even before the conclusion 
of the war, Schellenberg had leaked word of 
his negotiations with people like Allen Dulles 
to the Soviets and the split between the West- 
ern Allies and the Soviet Union was already 
well underway before the guns fell silent. 
ML: There are other examples of this split after 
you had the OSS during WWII spying on 
Communists in Europe, spying on Italian Com- 
munists and so forth, when they were sup- 
posed to be fighting Fascism they are were 
actually already beginning to target the next 
enemy coming up as they anticipated the ap- 
proach of the end of the war and the beginning 
of the Cold War. So you see all of these ele- 
ments, these shifting alliances were in play at 



the end of the WWII, and the Germans and the 
Nazi in this mix looking out for themselves 
and their own advantage, and they aren't sim- 
ply pawns that somebody else is going to 
manipulate. The CIA will work with Nazi to 
do this and the Russians will work with Nazis 
to do that, but the Germans had their own 
interests which they kept in mind and were 
always pursuing . 

DE: One of the main players in the Atlantic 
side of this dual German policy and some- 
thing that winds throughout the course of 
your book is the Gehlen spy organization. 
Could you tell us a little bit about the evolution 
of that remarkable organization from the WWII 
period all the way up to the BND period? 
ML: Well, the Gehlen organization is really 
key and it really does embody that Atlantic 
orientated geopolitical strategy that we have 
just been discussing. As WWII was ending, 
General Reinhard Gehlen, the head intelli- 
gence officer for the Wermacht — the German 
army — was essentially Hitler's top anti-Soviet 
spy. He decided, as the war was drawing to a 
close, that he was going to cut a deal with the 
United States and sell them a bill of goods. He 
was going to offer himself as a ardent anti- 
Communist who could help the United States 
in the upcoming Cold War with the Soviet 
Union, and, in fact, the U.S. bit the bait. They 
were very interested in this and brought Ge- 
hlen and some of his assistants over for a series 
of meetings at Fort Hunt in Virginia right after 
the war. They cut a deal whereby Gehlen 
would reconstitute as much as he could the 
elements of his anti-Soviet intelligence net- 
work that Hitler had used, and would recon- 
stitute this for the CIA. Actually, at first it was 
for U.S. Army Intelligence, then the CIA later. 
This anti-Soviet spy network that the Nazis 
were running consisted of thousands of peo- 
ple, many of them an ex-Nazis, some of them 
war criminals, and they were essentially bolt- 
ed lock, stock and barrel into the U.S. intelli- 
gence apparatus during the earlier days of the 
Cold-War. 

DE: You quote author Karl Oglesby and a 
remarkable article he wrote in Covert Action 
#35, in that article, Oglesby notes that the 
German chain of command was still in effect 
for all intents and purposes after Gehlen went 
to work for the Americans, that Gehlen was 
clearing his actions with both Grand Admiral 
Karl Doenitz and his former chief of staff Franz 
Haider. 

ML: Yes, again Gehlen looks on the surface 
like he's this guy working for the CIA after the 
war, and it's true he was, but he was also 
working for himself and German interests. 
One of the things that he was doing in addition 
to providing information to the CIA was in 
some cases using clandestine operatives who 
ran paramilitary operations in Eastern Eu- 
rope, dropping people behind the lines. But 
Gehlen always had another agenda, and part 
of that agenda entailed providing protective 
cover for the Nazis that he was employing 
after the war on the behest of the CIA . So many 
Nazis saw this as a way to survive and here 
you have the Third Reich decimated, and what 
are these people going to do, how are they 
going to get back on their feet? Well, Gehlen s 
organization, as I described it in The Beast 
Reawakens, was providing a life raft for many 
of the Nazis. They could jump on board and 



they all could claim that they're gung-ho anti- 
Communists and offer themselves for the CIA 
and other Western intelligence services, which 
they did, but they were never simply anti- 
Communist. Many of them at least had anoth- 
er agenda and that was a German nationalist 
agenda which involved playing East off of 
West in order to rebuild some kind of Fascist 
movement. 

DE: The Gehlen organization's role as a life 
raft for ardent Nazis gets into the discussion of 
the Odessa organization. Tell us briefly about 
Odessa, Otto Skorzeny and Otto Ernst Remer, 
two individuals who crossed paths during the 
July 20th, 1944 attempt on Hitler's life. 
ML: The Odessa organization stands for the 
Organization of former SS members. It's some- 
thing that has been written about in spy novels 
and people have made movies about it, so it's 
taken on this sort of mystic stature of post-war 
Nazi conspiracies. Well, in fact, there really 
was an Odessa network, I had gotten a hold of 
U.S. Army Intelligence documents that de- 
scribed this network very clearly. That name, 
Otto Skorzeny, Colonel Otto Skorzeny, Hil- 
ter's foremost commando, rescued Mussolini 
during the war after Mussolini was deposed 
by the Italians. Otto Skorzeny was this larger 
than life James Bond figure who was a real 
daredevil. He was named directly in U.S. Army 
Intelligence documents as head of Odessa. 
And the Odessa network really overlapped 
with Gehlen organization. Skorzeny and many 
others involved with Odessa ended up work- 
ing for Gehlen after the war and openly work- 
ing for the CIA which Gehlen was employed 
by. But again, Odessa always had a primary 
objective not to help the United States in their 
struggle against the Soviet Union. It's what 
they looked like they were doing, but in fact 
were trying to survive as a Nazi entity and to 
rebuild this movement on a grassroots, inter- 
national scale. Now, Skorzeny was a very key 
figure in that. It appears that he was aligned 

feopolitically with the West through Gehlen, 
ut in fact he played both sides off the middle. 
DE: Another key Odessa person, Otto Ernst 
Remer, was even more active with regard to 
attempting to forge Nazi alliances with the 
United States but with the Soviet Union along 
the lines with Frederick the Great and the 
Bismarkian principle we touched on earlier. 
ML: Yes, he was a very significant figure after 
the war in terms of post-war Nazi movements, 
even today, as he is still alive Remer. Just to put 
it in perspective, during the anti-Hilter coup 
attempt on July 20th 1944 when a bomb went 
off and injured Hitler, the one serious coup 
attempt that didn't work, it was Remer who 
intervened initially and was a key figure in 
suppressing this push against Hitler. And as a 
result of this, his was immediately promoted 
to the rank of Major General, propelled into 
Nazi super stardom and became Hitler's body- 
guard from that point on. But after the war, 
Remer became very involved in West German 
neo-Nazi politics. He was involved as a leader 
of the Socialist Reich's Party which was banned 
in 1952, the first successor organization to the 
Nazi party. Remer's geopolitical orientation 
was always towards the East, he was a Bis- 
markien. He felt the important thing was to 
make an alliance with Russia even though the 
Soviet Union during the Cold War was Com- 
munist. That ideological problem was some- 



thing that had to be overcome.. Even thoug] 
he was living in West Germany, he was getting 
involved in a neo-Nazi political party that was 
actually doing quite well at the polls, that is 
winning 10-12-15 % of the vote in elections 
which in a parliamentary system is quite sig- 
nificant ana scaring the Sellout of U.S. Intelli- 
gence and the Western government at the 
time, because it was really picking up momen- 
tum before they squashed it. During this whole 
period, Remer's secretly playing footsy with 
the Soviets by sending people over to East 
Germany to discuss mutual strategies and so 
forth and so on. He acknowledged this to me 
when I interviewed him. But again, he did not 
do this out of sympathy for Communism. He 
hated Communism. But he realized Germany 
and Russia had to make an alliance according 
to Bismark. 

DE: So we not only have the Gehlen spy orga- 
nization, an offshoot of the Third Reich's na- 
tional security establishment, working at least 
ostensibly for U.S. Intelligence and ultimately 
becoming the German Intelligence service, the 
BND, but in so doing it has a reciprocal rela- 
tionship with the Odessa, post World War II 
SS underground and in turn the Odessa is 
playing a double game. It is not only working 
for CIA, Gehlen and the West, it is also work- 
ing with elements of the East Bloc as well. 
ML: Odessa ajways had it hooks behind the 
so-called Iron Curtain into East Germany and 
into the Soviet's occupation of Eastern Eu- 
rope. That's very clear from U.S. Army Intelli- 
gence documents. The great irony here is while 
you have people like Skorzeny and Gehlen 
working for the CIA, you had Remer working 
for the Soviets and Eastern intelligence servic- 
es. I was able to document numerous instances 
where Skorzeny and Remer were working 
together during the Cold War even though 
they gravitated towards two conflicting su- 
perpowers. They themselves were good 
friends, stayed good friends throughout the 
Cold War and collaborated on various projects 
and missions together. Even though they were 
playing with the West and the East, they really 
had their own agenda they were pursuing. 
You could see it in Remer and Skorzeny and 
that's why I opened the book with those two 
characters. 

DE: And their activities, we should note, not 
only took place in Europe but Skorzeny and 
Remer also very active in places like Latin 
America and the Middle East. 
ML: Yes, absolutely, Skorzeny himself became 
a representative of the Krupp company in 
Germany, a big industrial firm, and he repre- 
sented the Krupps in dealings with Peron 
in Argentina which was a sate haven for many 
Nazi and Fascists after WWII. At the same 
time, Remer was active in the Middle East in 
Egypt, Algeria. Syria and so forth, involved 
with different projects there, Skorzeny himself 
was involved with a project in Egypt for the 
CIA at one point helping to rebuila the Egyp- 
tian Intelligence service, and that operation 
backfired quite seriously for the CIA. But yes, 
they had international machinations, they were 
international players, they were involved in 
international arms trafficking, post war inter- 
national Nazi politicking. To a very significant 
degree, they were the two permanent leaders 
of the post-war Nazi movement. 
DE: And playing this double game on behalf of 



Odessa the whole time, playing East off against 
the West. That same see-saw politic, German- 
Russian dynamic, going back to Frederick the 
Great and Von Bismark, was very craftily ex- 
ploited by Gehlen and people in the Odessa to 
help frustrate denazification. Could you tell 
us a little bit more about that? 
ML: Yes, you have a situation where Gehlen 
can always go to his CIA handler on the U.S. 
side of things, "but you got to do x, y or z or else 
my people are going to cut a deal with the 
Soviets' , and then they could go to the Soviets 
and say "Look, you gotta do x, y or z for us or 
we'll really go in with the West". That was a 
way to extort or draw concessions from either 
side, this was very craftily done in West Ger- 
many, when John J. McCloy was the U.S. high 
commissioner during the occupational period 
in the late '40s early '50s. He's negotiating with 
his distant cousin Konrad Adenhauer, the first 
chancellor of post-war Germany, and Aden- 
hauer is drawing all sorts of concessions, basi- 
cally playing East off West in exactly the kind 
of strategy the Nazis were manipulating after 
the war. And the German government in West 
Germany was following the strategy to a "t" 
and it was really working. 
DE: One of the things most people are not 
aware of is that the major institutions in what 
used to be West Germany, the Federal Repub- 
lic, were never effectively cleansed of Nazis. 
The political establishment, the military, the 
intelligence community, the 'financiers, the 
industrialists, and even the civil service judges 
and law professors were, to a considerable 
extent, holdovers from the Hitler period. Could 
you briefly tell us about that? 
ML: That's true, there's been other books writ- 
ten about that. One of the key figures in the 
reversal of denazification from the German 
end is Hans Globke, a prominent figure in the 
Third Reich. As the Reich's Commisioner For 
The Protection Of German Blood And German 
Honor, he helped write the racialist Nurem- 
berg laws in 1935 that were very important in 
terms of Hitler's legal apparatus. Globke — 
who was involved in wartime decisions to 
deport Macedonian Jews that resulted in liqui- 
dation of many people, — was, after the war, 
placed in the West German government in a 
very high position. He essentially became the 
number 2 figure in the West German govern- 
ment's Secretary of State. It was under his 
auspices that the Gehlen operation was tech- 
nically bureaucratically part of. So Globke was 
a key figure and helped engineer, starting in 
the early fifties, laws that were passed by the 
German government which effectively allowed 
Nazi civil servants to resume their positions in 
the German government at the same rank they 
were. This had a very serious impact on the 
German government, not only then, but now. 
It determined the course of German history, 
because on the psychological level it means 
that heavy amounts of denial was going to 
take place here. Like, "No, the Nazi weren't 
really that bad and let's pretend there's noth- 
ing really to feel guilty about or feel ashamed 
about or make amends for". On the one hand, 
you sort of have that dynamic psychologically 
which has some very powerful negative ef- 
fects later on after Germany became unified. 
But also, just the fact that the institutions in 
West Germany and to a lesser degree but still 
a significant degree in East Germany never 



really denazified. You know it, the implica- 
tions are very, very serious, I think when you 
talk about U.S. role there and participating in 
this kind of denial and going along with it, the 
lack of serious denazification and sometimes 
encouraging it, I think that the CIA's covert 
relationship with the Gehlen-organized Nazis 
during the Cold War really underscores the 
intense moral depravity of U.S. Cold War pol- 
icy, at least on a clandestine level. I don't think 
that can be emphasized enough. 
DE: The failure of denazification and the other 
outgrowths of this see-saw policy, were again 
something that was used very craftily by ele- 
ments in Germany to preserve the political 
status quo to a certain extent from the Hitler 
period. With regard to Odessa and some of 
those same elements, in your book you used a 
name of someone who has played a very prom- 
inent role in the political dynamics on both 
sides of the Atlantic, a fellow by the name of H. 
Keith Thompson. You mentioned that he 
worked for the SD, which we already touched 
on. Tell us again what the SD was and what 
Thompson was doing for it. 
ML: H. Keith Thompson, an American Nazi 
who's still alive actually, described himself to 
me — and I think he's correct — as the chief U.S. 
operative for Die Spinne, or The Spider, anoth- 
er name for thepost-war Nazi network, anoth- 
er name for Odessa. He said he was the chief 
operative this side of the Atlantic for the Nazi 
post-war movement. H. Keith Thompson starts 
out as a young teenager, joins the America 
First movement and the German-American 
Bund , These were essentially isolationist move- 
ments prior to World War IF, but really pro- 
Nazi. Both of them were getting funding from 
the Third Reich and H. Keith Thompson's 
political ideas were developed during this 
period. He was an outright white supremacist, 
pro-Nazi, pro-Hitler, was then and still is now, 
and he engaged in certain clandestine activi- 
ties for German intelligence. After the war, an 
ID was discovered with his picture, which I 
published in the book, naming him in the 
German intelligence files as an operative of the 
SD, operative of what was essentially Germa- 
ny's CIA during the war. After the war, Th- 
ompson continues to work for his German 
contacts and becomes, in the United States, the 
actual registered legal representative and ad- 
vocate of lobbyists for Otto Ernst Remer's 
political party, the Socialist Reichs party.. . while 
it was still legal in Germany. This is again the 
part that was banned as the successor of the 
Nazi party, Thompson was its legally identi- 
fied representative in the United States. That 
was sort of aboveboard, but what he was 
doing behind the scenes was all sorts of things 
like carrying on operations with Otto Sko- 
rzeny and many other Nazis after the war and 
he played a very significant role. What's so 
ironic about this is that H. Keith Thompson, 
although he was an American, is one of these 
Nazis who took the Bismark route and thought 
that the key to a strong Germany was an 
alliance with Russia. Even though Thompson 
is an American Nazi, he himself believes that 
the important thing, like Remer believed, was 
for Germany to cut a deal with Soviet Russia, 
to reunify Germany and make a powerful 
Reich against the West. And that still today is 
Thompson's policy. But there's a great irony in 
that because when we think of Nazis we think 




they are the most ardent anti-Communists- 
you can't get only more anti-Communist than 
a Nazi. There are the most extreme right wing 
and yet when you really begin to look at these 
spheres and milieus, it turns out there's much 
more irony and many more complicated situ- 
ations going on. 

DE: It's worth noting too that another fellow 
who traveled in the similar circles and held 
similar views is a fellow Francis Parker Yock- 
ey. I'd like to conclude this part of the inter- 
view with a brief discussion of Yockey and the 
second segment will carry over into some of 
the people who have evolved from Yockey 
and some of these others. 
ML: Well, Francis Parker Yockey is a fascinat- 
ing figure. He is widely seen among neo- 
Fascist circles as a prominent intellectual. He 
wrote a book called Imverian, a claim that sort 
of is the Mein Kampfoi tne post war Nazi scene, 
at least in the United States, but it was widely 
claimed internationally among these Nazi cir- 
cles as well. And Francis Parker Yockey was a 
close political alley of H. Keith Thompson. 
Nazi, American born in Chicago also had some 
Nazi associations as a teenager, spoke at a 
Silver Shirts meeting, this was sort of a pro- 
Fascist group in 1930, and after the war he gets 
involved with H. Keith Thompson. Travels to 
Europe frequently on behalf of Thompson, 
carries messages back and forth between H. 
Keith Thompson and the Socialist Reich's par- 
ty leadership in Germany and goes all around 
Europe including Eastern Europe and the East- 
ern zone of occupation in Germany. There's 
rumors that he actually visited the Soviet 
Union, what we have is a situation where 
again Yockey, neo-Nazi, ends up in Prague in 
late 1952, to witness firsthand the show trails 
that were being instigated by the Stalinists in 
Prague against some of the Czech leadership 
who were mainly Jews and was a part of the 
anti-Semitic purges that were going on at the 
time. And, of course, Yockey who is anti- 
Semitic, loves it and thinks this is the greatest 
thine and to him proves that the Soviet Union 
is a better ally for Nazis and Fascists in the 
post-War period than the United States. He 
considered the Soviet Union a less dangerous 
enemy to Europe than the United States be- 
cause even though the Soviet Union was a 
powerful military foe in Yockey's mind and 
many other Fascists, it did not have the same 
kind of cynical or sinister impact than Ameri- 
can culture did — which had a very negative 
impact in his mind with respect to European 
culture. American culture, Hollywood and so 
forth, really sort of destroyed the essence of 
the European soul and that while Soviet mili- 
tary occupation was ominous it didn't have 
that insidious negative effect in the same way 
as did the occupation by the United States. So 
he was a Nazi who felt that the Soviet Union 
was a more suitable ally for those still follow- 
ing the heritage of the Third Reich and the 
Mussolini regime. The Soviet Union was the 
superpower to align with during the Cold 
War, even though the Soviet Union was Com- 
munist. 

DE: Francis Parker Yockey, as we will discuss 
in the next part of our interview, also had a 
profound influence on that very country that 
ne thought was a decadent influence, namely 
the United States. We've been speaking with 
Martin Lee the author of The Beast Reawakens, 



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I think historically, December is the slow- 
est month for gossip. I guess bands that try to 
go on tour get stuck in the snow or get buried 
under mudslides and unfortunately nobody 
gets knocked up or beat up or fucked up or 
arrested. 

WESTON was dropped by Go-Kart. I 
heard the only reason the label put out their 
record was to make back the money the band 
had borrowed to pay for Jeremiah's shotgun 
wedding. 

Hey dorks, almost all the gossip I got 
was from one place. New York, no, San Fran- 
cisco, no it's the next logical center of music: 
Albuquerque, New Mexico. This is right out of 
my fan mail. WORD SALAD has agreed to do 
a split 7" with the all-girl band THE EYELIN- 
ERS. It will consist ofall Pat Benatar covers. 
They are still looking for a label to put it out 
because THE EYELINERS refuse to work with 
Sympathy anymore. It seems that Long Gone 
John asked them to pose nude for his 'photo 
album" and they weren't too keen on the "no 
luggage" motel that the photo shoot was to 
take place in. As a result, Abe from WORD 
SALAD offered to pose nude if the pictures 
could appear as a full color spread in Thrasher. 
I wonder if Pat Benatar had to go through 
naked photo shoots to get her records out. 

SCARED OF CHAKA just came back 
from Europe and all the tour money went to 
their roadie Mike (AKA Buck Wild) so he 
could attend a seminar for sexaholics. It seems 
he couldn't get enough action overseas and is 
now going through serious withdrawals. He's 
sunk down to the level of stalking young girls 
on the Internet and has applied for mail order 
brides. The next time the band is gonna charge 
him 10 dollars a girl to offset the cost of beer 
and condoms that he borrows. 

Speaking of SCARED OF CHAKA, Ron 
and Dave got into a mad brawl on stage at their 
recent show in Chicago. The fight ensued after 
Dave spilled some "lotion" on the new issue of 
Barely Legal and Ron got Pee Ohed. They 
decided to make Mike the roadie get a job at a 
porno shop so they can get discounts on the 
Barely Legal 3-Pack for the whole van to enjoy. 
Mike is still upset that the bestiality mags he 



got in Amsterdam were confiscated. He had 
no idea they were illegal. 

Hey look, someone sent me solid adver- 
tising for bands in their scene and I used it. I 
wish more people would report in to me via 
MRR or email me direct at annerkey @msn.com 
. If everyone's going to complain that I make 
this stuff up they should be at least be helping 
me with the half-truths. Oh, I did get this one 
which is verifiable: Did you hear that John 
Flipper, who replaced Will Shatter, Flipper's 
first oassist when he OD'd, OD'd himself and 
died on the Day of the Dead? He was allegedly 
cleaned up and about to start in a band with 
ex-members of Antimom and Defend The Keg, 
but instead he was submitting someone else s 
urine in his program and still doing lots of 
drugs. Amen. 




Hello again, I'm back. After being absent 
from these pages for awhile I'm ready to do 
some more reviews. By the way, hope Xmas is 
over by the time you read this, but if not, I just 
want you all to know that I am in retail hell. 
Xmas sucks. Okay, the first band this month is 
THE SUPERSTARS OF PROFESSIONAL 
WRESTLING. They play pretty decent fast 
paced punk, a little on the generic side, but 
good none the less. 9 songs, good production. 
2015 West Cactus Dr. #167/ Phoenix, Az.85029. 
THE RADMANICS do the BAD RELIGION- 
esque punk thing, you know the sound. Lots 
of leads and harmonies. 11 songs, good pro- 
duction. 78 Stratton Rd./ Scarsdale, N.Y. 10583. 
LADIES SPEED STICK make me think a bit of 
L7 on "Smell the Magic"- pretty rockin' punk, 
with some other influences thrown in for good 
measure, and great female vocals. P.O. Box 
22073/ Milwaukee, Or. 97269. SLIT WRISTS 
play some pretty good thrash (and I'd expect 
nothing else from a band with this name). 
Kind of a mid- '80s sound. 5 songs, good 
production. 1662 E. Solar/ Fresno, Ca. 93720. 
SANITY ASSASSINS have been around for 
awhile, and you can tell. Tight, well played 
hardcore with enough variety and experience 
to keep it interesting. 8 songs, good produc- 
tion. P.O. Box 380152/ East Hartford, Ct. 06138 
0152. VOICE OF REASON play slightly metal- 
ly but tuneful hardcore with good progres- 
sions and enough charisma to make them 
stand out above tne masses. I like this. 5 songs, 
good production. 55 Porter Ave. Unit 5E/ 
Naugatuch, Ct. 06770. HANDS OF AN AN- 
GRY GOD's music is vicious, tortured and 
distorted. That's right- stenchcore! Great stuff. 
4 songs, good production. 780 East campus 
Rd./ Athens, Ga. 50605. INFECTIOUS GA- 
RAGE DISEASE has also been around for 
awhile- I remember trying to order their LP 
from their record label about 7 years ago, but 
they sent me an album by SINS OF THE FLESH 
instead (which, by the way, is pretty good). 
Anyway, these guys make me think a little of 
POlSON IDEA, with some hip- hop influenc- 



es, and a really snotty vocalist. Pretty good 
punk (tho' I could live without quite so much 
scratching). 8 songs, good production. P.O. 
Box 417687/ Sacramento, Ca. 95841- 7687. 
SPOILEDROTTENdothatRIVERDALESstyle 
of RAMONES worshiping retro-punk rock. 
Not really my thing, but they are pretty good 
at it. 14 songs, good production. 92 Kenilworth 
Ave./ Hamilton, Ontario/ L8K 2S9/ Canada. 
BOOBYH ATCH do some killer screaming dual 
vocal grinding thrashy hardcore, with catchy 
progressions. I like. 7 songs, okay production. 
730 Noel Dr./ Mt. Juliet, Tn. 37122. QUIC- 
KNOIZE play that fast, intense Italian thrash I 
love, but throw in some strange touches, and 
artsy breaks, here and there. Fast and original- 
you can't go wrong. 8 songs, good production. 
V. Torricelli 53/ 10129 Torino/ Italy. GOD 
AWFUL (I've always thought that would be a 
great name for a hardcore band) play good, 
honest, generic mid- '80s Mystic super seven 
hardcore. Not too fast,not too slow. 14 songs, 
good production. 26 Amy Rd./ Washington- 
ville, N.Y. 10992. 

As always, I'm at P.O. Box 2584/ Con- 
roe, Tx. 77305. Did I say fuck Xmas? Well fuck 
New Years, too. 




As you may be able to imagine, Brian 
Zero is not my "legal" name. Like many peo- 
ple in this scene I have chosen to operate under 
a title of my own construction. Why? 

Well, for a variety of reasons, one of 
which has suddenly taken on a new light with 
the passing of a creature I once thought im- 
mortal: the death of the Tennis Vampire. 

Once upon a time there was a Tennis 
Vampire. He lived in Kalamazoo and amassed 
a fortune delivering babies. He married an 
artistic, affluent woman named the Invisible 
One who would not interfere with his "success 
at any cost" philosophy. She gave him three 
children, two boys and one girl. The girl be- 
came quite adept at tennis, wnich was appro- 
priate because the Tennis Vampire coached 
high school girls in the sport. Unfortunately, 
the two boys weren't exactly what the tennis 
vampire had hoped for. 

Both abandoned their father's realm of 
money for the world of poetry. The younger 
boy, Brad, roommate to one of the Rockefellers 
at Stanford, slipped from academics into the 
counterculture of the beat movement, joining 
the likes of Neal Cassady . The other boy, Doug, 
married a young hippie woman who the Ten- 
nis Vampire despised. 

No matter how he fumed, the Tennis 
Vampire's sons would not return to the life he 
had planned for them. So he focused his atten- 
tion on his daughter, and she prospered, mar- 
rying a wealthy young attorney. 

Meanwhile, things took 'a turn for the 
worse in the lives of the two rebel sons. Both 



could not escape the "it's a push, push, push 
world" conditioning they had received as chil- 
dren of the Tennis Vampire. Soon both were 
parents themselves, living with their father's 
undying curse etched into their spines. They 
became ill: Doug an alcoholic, Brad hearing 
voices. Neither could handle it; so they split 
their families. 

Seeing that his sons were falling to piec- 
es, the Tennis Vampire attempted to spread 
his curse into his grandchildren. In the case of 
Doug's children, this meant letting them live 
in poverty in hopes that they would eventual- 
ly hate their mother and her anti-materialistic 
belief system. In many ways, his plans almost 
worked. 

My sister and I are the children of Doug, 
a dead beat father. The only child support he 
ever sent us was a pair of ten dollar bills when 
I was about thirteen. A few months later he 
committed suicide by driving into a semi- 
truck. I don't know a great deal about him. I 
know he was a passionate writer; I know he 
was an alcoholic, but little more. I am, howev- 
er, familiar with the Tennis Vampire. Some- 
times he would come out to California with 
the Invisible One. He would send my mother 
just enough money for greyhound tickets from 
Ukiah, wrtere we lived, to San Francisco, so 
that we could eat lunch with them. Most of his 
conversations revolved around his "tennis 
girls," the girls he coached. - 

Besides these meetings, the Tennis Vam- 
pire sent strange letters to my sister and I 
encouraging us to keep secrets from our moth- 
er. When my sister was around eleven, he even 
promised to send her to France if she didn't 
say a word about it. Sometimes he would send 
us paltry checks, always more for whoever 
received better grades in school. Since we were 
poor it didn't matter who received what: my 
mother always took the checks and cashed 
them anyway. 

The last material thing that I ever re- 
ceived from the Tennis Vampire was a choco- 
late tennis racket, a gift from his "tennis girls," 
when I was fourteen. At around this point 
things started to change. The Invisible One 
became sick and died. She had started to rebel 
against the Tennis Vampire and had left a will 
where her grandchildren would equally re- 
ceive her assets. The Tennis Vampire would 
have none of that. On her death bed he pushed 
her to leave him in charge of her estate: the 
grandchildren would receive nothing. 

As I entered the punk scene, I tried to 
separate myself from the Tennis Vampire, 
evolving from Brian Anarchy to Brian Blas- 
phemy to BA Zero to Brian Zero. Still, howev- 
er, my license, and college degree bear his 
family mark, connecting me to him. 

On October 7, at over 90 years old, the 
Tennis Vampire expired. Now my sister and I 
are being summoned to a memorial in Kalam- 
azoo for the man, and the sons he destroyed 
(Brad died in 1991). This I feel is the perfect 
opportunity to finally rid myself forever of the 
legacy of the Tennis Vampire, as irrational as 
it may sound. 

The last time I spoke to the Tennis Vam- 
pire was about seven years ago. In this con- 
versation, in his senility, the Tennis Vampire 
confessed some of his malevolence, some of 
the true Machiavellian characteristics of the 
games he played. He confessed that life to 



him consisted solely of making money. Ev- 
erything else was only good for use in manip- 
ulating those glued to the superficial. The 
religion he professed meant nothing to the 
man, nor did his affiliation to conservative 
causes. He abandoned all his pretensions to 
me, and for this I feel rewarded; more per- 
haps than if he had ever actually given me a 
dime of his tainted money, money gained 
from bringing life into a world he ultimately 
hated. In return for such a gift, I have to thank 
the man, and give him back what belongs to 
him: his name. Yes, I'm going to symbolically 
dump the Tennis Vampire by making my 
name officially Brian Zero. This is an impor- 
tant statement in any system ruled by flag 
poles. 

As I've said in the past, I feel that the 
power elites of this world are fairly apolitical 
entities who profit from the manufacture of 
lies that the rest of us live for. Although my 
grandfather was not really a power elite, he 
was still a fairly adept illusionist. Perhaps he 
didn't fool all of us, or even himself, but he 
convinced most of his followers that the na- 
ked emperor was wearing clothes, and that's 
enough for the makers of this greed oriented 
society. Way to go, Grandpa Tennis Vampire! 
You won! 

Speaking of illusionists: Chumbawam- 
ba wins an award. They convinced a lot of us 
that they were a band intent on challenging 
the corporate structure with often times witty 
pop music. Many of the themes they present- 
ed included mocking those who worked in 
the establishment as rebels. One album "Pic- 
tures of Starving Children Sell Records" di- 
rectly lambasted musicians on corporate la- 
bels who put forth the illusion of social con- 
cern. How ironic that Chumbawamba is now 
on EMI, a label they once named outright as 
being appalling. How would any of us have 
known that the slagging was all just advertis- 
ing for future corporate releases? Good Job, 
Chumbawamba! Even beyond the call of duty 
is Chumbawamba's assertion that they signed 
to EMI because the company no longer makes 
bombs. Hey! It's not your father's EMI! I 

fuess I might have suggested they wait until 
MI cuts its connection to the nuclear indus- 
try to sign. But then again, since people like 
Chumbawamba aren't mentioning such con- 
nections, who knows? More importantly, who 
cares? Be young, buy more meaningless re- 
bellion! Way to go, Chumbawamba! When 
there's a memorial for your band, I'll try to be 
there to give you back your records. 

Next time: What do MXPX and Satan 
have in common? 




WANTED! More readers like Tim 
Lakritz of Fort Worth, who wrote in to point 
out that the Gants were possibly the first to 
commence a version of 'Road runner" with 



I'm a roadrunner, BABY" rather than tfie 
'Tm a roadrunner, HONEY" with which 
Mssr. Diddley laid the cornerstone of the 
mighty "Roadrunner" empire. 

Another loose end that I might as well 
address concerns that have come up re: my 
write-up of the Loli and the Chones show 
wherein the lame (in my humble opinion) 
headliners tried to throw around their weight 
(of which they have plenty) in order to hold 
up the rock 'n' roll action so that they could 
set up their double stacks, roto-toms, big 
gong in back of the drum set, etc., and play 
one of their marathon sets despite L & the C 
being set up and ready to play. 

Apparently feeling that I had unfairly 
favored the young, fast and scientific over the 
old, lazy and cringing in primitive supersti- 
tious fear, a few Kind and generous souls 
have asked me, "But don't you think that it's 
important to respect and give 'props' to the 
elders of the 'punk rock' 'scene '? 

An interesting question, to be sure, wor- 
thy of a certain amount of pondering (which 
I did, in fact, give it). 

My duly considered answer is, "Fuck 
no." Not only does the weight of additional 
years confer no automatic honor, but given 
that these years should contain numerous 
experiences which should prove enriching 
(and hopefully.deepening to one's philosoph- 
ical impulse) I would like to propose that 
oldtimers should be held to a MORE rather 
than LESS stringent set of whatever stan- 
dards are being applied in aesthetic evalua- 
tion. 

For example, the likes of, say, the Roll- 
ing Stones (might as well stick with obvious 
examples for clarity's sake) should be regard- 
ed at present as sucking even more miserably 
and rancidly than they objectively do (and 
have for longer than they were ever any good, 
a nearly sobering thought). 

Muddy Waters, for an other-handed 
example, had enough spare ingredient X (guts, 
soul, whatever you want to call it) to make 
him a Titan up to his very end, even if his live 
and recorded accompaniment wasn't up to 
the quality of the bands in his first decade of 
commercial recording. He even had enough 
ingredient X to weather the likes of the "psy- 
chedelic" "Electric Mud" album (not his idea), 
although the pic in the fold out jacket of him 
is a remarkable enough exercise in violent 
absurdity to almost make owning the LP 
worthwhile. 

The respect that the Rolling Stones had 
(and maybe still do, for all I know) for Muddy 
Waters was not mandated by his superior 
age, but by his superior qualities (which were 
given the final proof by his greater fortitude). 

Besides, with the release of the Stooges 
first album, the Stones should have started to 
think about hanging it up (I speak, as should 
be obvious, from an aesthetic and not com- 
mercial point of view) as they were being 
superseded (actually, the Chocolate Watch- 
band at their best as well as the Swamp Rats 
had already superseded the Stones, by that's 
beside the immediate point) (and being sans 
Brian Jones didn't help); of course they were 
able to coast by since the Stoooges were al- 
most universally taken to be some kind of 
unfunny joke (when they were actually "out 
of time ' in the Nietzschean sense, when the 



Stones were running "out of time" in the 
game show sense [and were soon to be "Out 
of Time" in the Stonesean sense]. With the 
Ramones, the Stones were rendered abso- 
lutely obsolete as anything but a lame cash- 
cow (especially since "Exile on Main St." was 
the last Stones' LP for which any good reason 
to exist could imaginably be argued, and 
even then it's no easy argument). 

So where does that leave us? Right 
smack dab in the lap of Ralph Gean, an old- 
timer whose talent should have put him on 
top of the heap of stardom but whose skewed 
perspective was /is probably too much for 
your basic mediocre masses to take. 

Fortunately for the lovers of the splen- 
did and esoteric (such as aesthete Shane White, 
who first pointed me in Gean's direction), 
World Serpent Distribution (Unit 717 Seager 
Buildings, Brookmill Road, London SE8 4HL) 
has put out a selection of Ralph Gean record- 
ings from 1963-1996, "A Star Unborn" (CD 
oruy, sorry to say). 

Musically, it veers from psychotic shit- 
kicking ("Homicidal Me") to bent rock 'n' roll 
("Doctor Casey"), parodistic plodding heavy 
rock ("Hard To Be A Killer"), scary Casio 
nuttiness worthy of latter-day "Beat of the 
Traps" ("Granny's Grave"). In 1996's "Star 
Trekkin' Rock N' Roll Cowboy," he declares 
himself ready for his apotheosis (and high 
noon duel with the Legendary Stardust Cow- 
boy?), and ready to kick the ass of any num- 
ber of youngsters trying to play the weird 
roots card. He doesn't need any "bonus" 
respect points for his age, god damn! 

Domestically, the CD is available for 
$18.98 ppd. from Denver's leading (as I recall) 
record purveyor, Waxtrax (638 E. 13th Ave., 
Denver, CO 80205), from whom comes the 
information that Mr. Gean is not only still 
performing but likely to do some touring in 
the coming year. As the man says, "I'm the 
what might have been if what is nadn't hap- 
pened." 

Also for you digit-ophile whippersnap- 
pers, Revenant (P.O.Box 198732, Nashville 
TN, 37219) has a great selection of raw blues 
gospel (purists /categorists are welcome to 
take exception to the combined use of the 
terms "blues" and "gospel") on "American 
Primitive Vol. I." The packaging is beautiful 
enough that you can give this to square rela- 
tives for Xmas; in fact they recommend the set 
to "Salve Christmas Guilt!" (Personally, my 
only Xmas guilt is that I didn't manage to 
shoot, steal and destroy more Xmas decora- 
tions as a youngster, although I will here give 
myself props for the time I was reaching out 
of a friend s car to grab a four foot plastic 
caroling angel from the doorstep of some- 
one's semi-circular drive-through driveway 
when the front door opened; the wheelboy 
prudently took off as the hapless homeowner 
started yelling and giving chase, while the 
angel's head that I had grabbed came right off 
of its shoulders, making a fine pellet gun 
target the next day, and making suitably punk 
rock sized rips in the fabric ofsociety, man). 
If I was in the habit of hanging around people 
for Xmas, I'd certainly like to pop this in after 
the Huey "Piano" Smith Xmas album and 
savor the Red Death reactions that Charley 
Patton's one-two punch of "Oh Death" and 
"Prayer of Death" drew from the merrymak- 



ers. 

And what would a column be without 
a couple of vinyl plugs? Solamente (124 St. 
Marks Place #2, Brooklyn, NY 11217), which 
has probably accrued the best batting aver- 
age of releases by current surf and instrumen- 
tal bands, has two new 7"s which are quite 
above average. "The Royal Knightmares are 
easier on the wildass r 'n' r on the more 
restrained Euro-tip (not surprising, perhaps, 
since they're from Italy) but maintain a nice 
mood, while "The Penetrators meet the Space 
Cossacks" features stalwarts the Penetrators 
(definitely among the leaders in the surf 
sweepstakes) with up 'n' comers the Space 
Cossacks (who show good taste by covering 
the Atlantics' "Shark Attack," one of the few 
still-underappreciated old surf chestnuts) for 
two songs apiece. 

And don't forget to heed the Acker- 
monster's advice and study Esperanto, "la 
lingvo internacia." 




Getting a bad review in Profane Exist- 
ence was probably the best thing that ever 
happened to my zine. The review was some- 
thing to the effect of "Yawn, another boring 
punk zine. Interviews, reviews and a couple 
of columns." The reviewer was absolutely 
right. It was issue #6 of my zine and I think it 
came out sometime in 1990. The interviews 
didn't have much to say, the reviews were 
garbage and it lacked any interesting stories. 
After that issue I made a conscious effort to 
try to include interesting, non-music related 
stories. It took a while, but I weaned myself 
from band interviews and I feel my zine is a 
million times better because of the lack of 
music (ahem, that is, not counting the ads or 
reviews). 

It amazes me when zines, or bands for 
that matter, get upset and huffy over a re- 
view. I personally like zines that have enough 
content that I need to actually sit down and 
devote time to reading through it. I can't tell 
you how many zines get thrown into the give- 
away box after skimming through two col- 
umns, six band interviews followed by 10 
pages of record and zine reviews. The simple 
fact is I didn't find anything of interest or that 
I haven't seen or read before. 

I've been accused of being too tough on 
"vouneer" zines, and the person was proba- 
bly right, but consider it tough love. I've been 
asked a number of times now to spice up 
interviews. Put some effort in to coming up 
with decent questions to ask bands. Another 
thing is to ask tough questions, I read an 
interview where someone ask Jerry A of Poi- 
son Idea when the last time he cried. One zine 
editor asked Roger Miret of Agnostic Front if 
he took it up the ass when he was in prison! 



I'd rather read about that than how Screw 3. 
came up with their band name. 

Another suggestion is to interview 
someone who does something besides plays 
in a band. I read a great interview in Ben is 
Dead once about a guy who picks up dead 
animals for LA County. The guy talked about 
all of the gross stuff he's seen and the emo- 
tions of people who's beloved pets have just 
been run over. The Probe has featured inter- 
views with porn stars and Aaron's room- 
mates, These people have a lot more interest- 
ing things to say than some guy with a Gibson 

SG guitar. 

*** 

I did an experiment recently. I found a 
couple boxes of mail going back to 1992. I 
went through most of the letters before throw- 
ing them out. Anyone who wrote from San 
Diego County received a copy of the most 
recent Genetic Disorder. I did it to see if any 
of these people are still around, and if any of 
them are still reading fanzines. It's been over 
two months and there's been no response. 

I got the idea for doing while browsing 
magazines at a thrift store. I found an old 
copy of Sassy and the return address was 
someone who lived across the street from a 
friend. I thought it would be funny to send a 
copy of my zine filled with stories of local 
serial killers to a girl who subscribed to Sassy. 
I also wanted to see if I could create a public 
outcry. I was picturing a suburban mom on 
the news exclaiming, "Look at what this sicko 
sent my 15-year-old daughter." Everyone 
knows the best way to increase sales and /or 
publicity is to try to ban something. Look at 
what it. did for the horrible, horrible band 
Body Count. 

The only problem is I lost the girls ad- 
dress and never followed through. Another 
one of my bright ideas washed down the 

drain 

*** 

For great insight about the inner work- 
ings of the zine world, I highly recommend 
picking up a copy of Socially Fucking Re- 
tarded - The Killzine Zine ($3 to Ben is Dead, 
PO Box 3166, Hollywood, CA 90028). There's 
a four-way discussion between Dan Sinker of 
Punk Planet, Tom Lupoff from Big Top Dis- 
tribution, David Hirshi from Desert Moon 
Distribution, and Darbv from Ben is Dead 
giving a lot of insight about how large scale 
distribution is fucked and there's no hope for 
any of us. There is also a diary from the 
KillZines tour that I went on along with Dar- 
by from Ben is Dead and a handful of others. 
The last section of the zine is dedicated to all 
the controversies, bruised egos and pettiness 
of zine people stirred up oy the tour. By 
simply driving a motorhome across the coun- 
try and getting drunk nearly every night for 
two months, a lot of people got seriously 
pissed off. But what do you expect from a 
bunch of people who put out zines? 

I can be reached at PO Box 15237, San 
Diego, CA 92175 or <harmonl@mail 
.sdsu.edu>. I still have half a box left of zines 
to give away, so if you send me $3 in stamps 
(no cash!!!), I'll mail you two pounds of zines. 
As always, I'm looking for articles in newspa- 
pers and magazines on Satanism, devil wor- 
ship, occult, etc. Please include the name of 
the paper and the date the story appeared. 




— >In-fighting can be fun devt: "Some will call it 
in-fighting," writes Bob Black in his new book 
Anarchy after Leftism. And in-fighting it is. The 
entire Sook is an attack on another book. That 
one by Murray Bookchin, whose "Post-Scarci- 
ty Anarchism ' inspired me during my college 
days. 

Bob Black is one of those assholes who 
are usually right. A man close to my own 
persuasion, whose "The Abolition of Work" con- 
tinues to inspire me. 

Black's attack on Bookchin splits the 
anarchists like Camille Paglia's attack on An- 
drea Dworkin split the feminists. Like femi- 
nism, the old style is conservative, totalitarian, 
and dogmatic. The new style is... well... fun. 

In both cases, I'd say change the names 
already. Feminism should be* eqnalism. And 
anarchism? They tried situationism but got so 
bogged down in their own philosophy (if you 
call yourself one you're not) that it self-de- 
structed. How about ftinism? 

Anyway, Black's analysis is cutting and 
interesting. He weakens his case, though, with 
too many personal attacks on Bookchin. The 
worst are repeated references to his old age. 
Loose dentures are not a very useful form of 
political criticism. Then again, old age is a 
problem Bookchin hopes Black will never suf- 
fer from. 

Still for such gems as "As for 'decadence/ 
that is an eminently bourgeois swearword for 
people perceived to be having more fun than 
you are," Anarchy After Leftism is certainly 
worth a read. ($7.95 Columbia Alternative 

Library, POB 1446, Columbia MO 65205-1446). 

**> 



**************** 



If that looks like an endnote, it was. But 
I decided to make it the header because this 
column is about: being old. 

Younger than Timmy Y, Jef f Bale or Larry 
L, my prostate still pangs with approaching 
late middle-age. I've defended getting old be- 
fore — it's certainly better than the alternative, 
but for some folks not much. 

Scene one: I'm picking up Mom and Dad 
from the house in Hicksville. They're moving 
to the old age home in New Jersey. Their house 
for 40 years is empty. It's the only house I've 
ever known. The new owners, Armenian, with 
two kids, sweep out the last of the Boarddirt 
Mom and Dad stand on the front porch- 
Marsha Shikowitz is over from across 
the street. Her mascara runs a bit as her brown 
wig tilts slightly over her left ear. A wisp of 
grey peaks from beneath. She and Mom hug. 
"Don't forget us," Mom whispers in her 
ear. 

Dad, his weight leaned forward on his 
half-walker, gazes off, scanning the identical 
houses as if looking for permission to leave. I 



turn away, pretending to tie my shoelaces as I 
feel the tears well up in my eyes. Using one 
sleeve, I wipe them away, along with the sad 
snot dripping from my nose. 

"L. ah... need to use the bathroom." I say, 
hoping my voice isn't too shaky. Instead of 
turning left at the top of the stairs, I go straight 
ahead. Right into my room, no longer my 
room. 1 look at the bookcases, the place where 
my bed used to be, the closet where I used to 
hide porno and commie literature. I put my 
hand against the wall, then my lips. Whisper- 
ing good-bye, I again wipe my eyes and nose 
and go back down the stairs. 

Then it's off to Teaneck. To the two room 
apartment I'll never call home. They probably 
won't either. 

Inside, a Filipina attendant, piddles along 
with a woman stooped over a wheeled walker. 
The attendant, about 30, walks with a smile 
and a light step. The old woman, in her eight- 
ies, looks up as we enter, carrying our boxes. 
Her eyes work to focus. Slowly, she lifts one 
hand from the walker. Her face expression- 
less, she waves. It's a slow mechanical wave, 
like the wipers on a car driving through mist. 

"Hello," I say. 

"This is Mrs. Goldfarb," says the atten- 
dant. 

"Hello, Mrs. Goldfarb," says my moth- 
er. 

The woman continues to wave. Back... 
and... forth. Back... and... forth. Still expres- 
sionless. 

"Time to go now Mrs. Goldfarb," says 
the attendant, gently moving the woman's 
waving hand back to the walker. Haltingly, 
they shuffle off to a room down the hall. 

Mom stares at them as they walk ahead. 

'Well," she says, "I guess this is it." 



********************* 



I've been a vocal (scribal?) opponent of 
"family values" ever since I pissed on my 
mother when she was changing my diaper. 
Family values are destructive. They perpetu- 
ate bigotry, narrow-mindedness ana hatred. 
Like sickle cell anemia, these qualities pass 
from one generation to the next. 

In a recent heated discussion on the punk 
list, we talked about home schooling. 

I'm usually not big on laws, but if there 
should be one, it should be against home 
schooling. What more evil way to allow par- 
ents to own and completely control their kids? 
What more insurance that the hate and preju- 
dice of one generation will infect the next? 
What surer way of limiting the input of people 
who don't act, think, and feel exactly like Mom 
and Dad? If it weren't for public schools, I'd be 
working on Wall Street. How many Klansfolk 
spread their ideas, unchallenged to their kids. 

Still, despite my abhorrence of these 
"family values," we still have families. How 
we deal with them, in this culture especially, is 
WRONG. 

Last month I wrote about cultures. About 
how, whenever another culture makes you 
feel uncomfortable, you have to assume your 
culture is wrong and find out why. 

Example: I suggest to my married sister 
(two kids) that she visit my parents in the old 
age home. She replies, "Mykel, I can't! I just 
don't have time. I have a family, remember?" 

"I have a family too," I remind her, "they 
live in New Jersey." 




In Japan and Mongolia, two countries 
I've actually lived in, "family" is much differ- 
ent from here. In those countries, you're AL- 
WAYS in a family. In Mongolia, your family 
lives with you or next to you. Aunts, Uncles, 
Cousins, everyone, just a big family that grows 
as the tents you live in become a bunch often ts. 

In Japan, more urban than Mongolia, 
you start life in your parents' house. You live 
there until you get married. Then the new 
family finds a place of its own. 

'When your parents begin having diffi- 
culties, they move in with you. The genera- 
tions mix. Your family grows, but doesn't 
change... until someone dies. 

That's why homos get married in Japan. 
It's not that their closets are any bigger than 
ours. It's just that marriage is more than the 
legalized sex it is here. It's a way to extend the 
family to a different place; to keep it moving 
along a continuum. It's as natural as Ameri- 
cans getting our own apartment at 18. 

But what Americans do to old people is 
not natural. I see the effects every day. From 
the hunched and depressed looks on the old 
beggers on the street, to Hilda, the frail old 
woman who sits in the park and tells me, 
"Don't get old. It's better you should die first." 

"It can be different" I tell her, leaning 
over and pressing my mouth against hers. The 
faint strands of her mustache tickle my nose as 
I push my tongue into her mouth. I taste the 
bits of cream, squeezed from the sides of her 
dentures. I run my tongue between those den- 
tures and those gums, reeling them pop down 
with a slight ffit. 

I taste her gums, as she responds, stick- 
ing her tongue back into my mouth, reaching 
up behind my head, pressing my face into 
hers. 

Gently, I press against the loose skin 
under her forearm. I help her stand. She rests 
her weight against her cane. A hollow metal 
one, with four rubber feet. 

At home we lie naked. One against the 
other. I see her hand, blue veined with brown 
spots on the back. Tenderly, it holds my blue 
veined organ. Hard with anticipation, I thrill 
at doing something I've never done before. 

Her teeth now rest on the night-table 
next to me. I suck on her bare mouth. My 
tongue rides the ridges bumps and holes. There 
is no sharpness, only the smooth glide of gums. 

I let my tongue trail down her body. Her 
breasts, long and loose, flop on either side of 
her chest like a pair of police black jacks. I lift 
them, one at a time and nibble on the wrinkled 
nipples, sucking hard, trying to draw milk 
from these dry spigots. 

Downward I go, using my chin to spread 
the wrinkled skin, making it momentarily 
smooth, glistening with my saliva. I reach the 
pubic patch, thin and grey, revealing the dry 
slit beneath, in a quiet dignity. 

As I lick, I turn my body. I feel my 
hardness drawn into her toothless mouth. Her 
breath quickens as my tongue reaches the 
spot. I nibble. I taste and wonder how many 
years its been since someone else tasted this 
bud. How long this wine has been aging, wait- 
ing to be savored by the right connoisseur. 

Her thin legs wrap around my face. I lick 
deeper, rising my hardness and again thrust- 
ing it into that eager mouth Stop! Stop! 

As I write this fantasy, it becomes too 



much. Here I sit at the computer. Typing with 
one hand, savagely pumping myself with the 
other. 

"Hilda! Hilda! Hilda!" I think, realizing 
that I've done it. I've created a reality where 
old people are not objects of disgust, but sex- 
ual beings. Real humans with more to give 
than old war stories. 

"Hilda! Hilda! H-I-L-D-A!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" 

Ah, time to get out the handkerchief and 

wipe up. Try it yourself some time. Maybe old 

won't always be followed by fart. Maybe you'll 

get hard — or wet. Maybe if enough folks do, 

life won't be so bad after 70. 

***** ** **** ********** ******* **** ** * * 

Oh yeah, I'm dedicating this column to 
Donny The Punk who wanted me to write 
about "ageism in the punk scene." I told him I 
would, but he died before I did. 
ENDNOTES: 

— > In September, the police in Liaoyuan Chi- 
na arrested dissident Liu Gang. They charged 
him with failing to honor a previous court 
order. That order required him to report to the 
police every month to inform them of his latest 
thoughts. 

— > Strike while the irony is hot dept: Someone 
who doesn't label their cassettes sent me a one. 
It was a tape of a punkrock radio show on 
WCSB, Cleveland. For the ignorant, that's long 
been one of America's best stations. 

On the show, the DJs complain about 
Resistance Records and how right wing, racist 
blah blah blah they are. The DJs don't like the 
"If you're not a REAL American, get out." 
attitude of the label. 

That's only part of the show. The rest is 
complaining about non-Clevelanders invad- 
ing the city and how they should get out and 
leave it to the REAL Clevelanders. Hmmmm... 
— >CYBERsitter, a website censorship pro- 

fram, not only excludes "obscene" material, 
ut information on homotude, lesbianism, bi- 
sexuality, human rights, and progressive po- 
litical causes. 

The far-right organization Focus on the 
Family, markets this atrocity. It's sold to par- 
ents, who presumably use it to make sure 
homeschooling doesn't teach any bad stuff. 
The creeps also sell this abomination to public 
schools and libraries. It doesn't matter that the 
courts have found the banning of these sites 
unconstitutional. Who's gonna know, right? 
Further information is at: www. peace 
fire.org/censorware/CYBERsitter/. You can 
find lots of related links and interesting stuff at 
Julie's website. She's the one who told me 
about this: http://drycas.club.cc.cmu.edu/ 
-julie/. 

— >He's cracked dept. Psycho Mike sent me a 
record bv THE SHIT. It's the story of Annapo- 
lis MD. How is it you ask? How the fuck do I 
know? It was an LP sent in a large bubble 
envelope, no cardboard, no other packing. I 
got it in three pieces! Makes you love CDs, 
doesn't it? Whoops, now I see it was sent to me 
by Ms. Kesha and not Psycho Mike. Maybe it 
wasn't supposed to be played. Maybe it was 
art. 

— >G-d Bless America dept: While there's plenty 
wrong in the US, we can at least be thankful we 
don't live in Canada. 

A revisionist website based in San Diego 
has some connections to the Canadian revi- 
sionist (already jailed for his writings) Ernest 



Zundel. Now he's being tried by a Canadian 
"Human Rights Commission." Rights? Yeah, 
right. 

They claim that the site is not "a cultured 
exchange of ideas" but "anti-Semitic hate propa 
ganda wrapped up in the flag of freedom of speech, ' 
Strange how people say that things they don't 
like to hear are 'wrapped up in the flag of 
freedom of speech" while what they believe is 
"a cultured exchange of ideas. " I mean, what is 
freedom of speech except agreeing with the 
government, right? 

The site is www.ostara.org/zundel/ if 
you want to check it out for yourself. 
— > I mentioned the punk email list in the 
body of this column. You can subscribe to it. 
Just send an email message to: 
majordomo@cc.gatech.eau for US residents 
and punk-list-request@cs.tut.fi for everybody 
else with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line — and 
SUBSCRIBE as the only message. 
— >Long time coming dept: Finally: RIOT BOY 
magazine. (They shudda spelled it RIOT 
BYYYY). ($3 from Chris Leslie, POB 1697, New 
YorkNY10009,riotboyyy@aol.com...AOL???) 
The news-clippings are hilarious, and the re- 
ports on "selected Gay Lives In Brief" make 
me wonder just how much of this is real... (A 
bartender in an Irish bar?) But it's a lot of fun 
in any case. 

— > Speaking of a long time coming dept: I wanna 
thank Matt W. from the punk list for his pleas- 
ant visit and mutual exploration of my video 
library. 

— >Religion can be fun dept: Would I plug a 
religious book catalogue? [There's not muchyou 
wouldn't plug, Mykel. — TY] Usually not, but I 
got a real good one from BADGER BOOKS ($1 
134 Mercer Street, Jersey city, New Jersey 07302 
(201) 434-7113). It's as much a review zine as a 
catalog. The titles are not all PRO-religion. 
Some are even published by anarchist Autono- 
media. 

The Unholy Bible, a book by Jacob 
Rabinowitz talks about sex and violence among 
the ancient Jews. There's a book called Scandal 
by Peter Lamborn Wilson (aka Hakim Bei) 
about paedophilia in Islam and plenty more. 

It's the Loompanics of religious cata- 
logues. Get it and learn a lot — even if you 
don't buy anything. 

— > They don tgive up dept: Seems like congress 
didn't get its till when the court decidedthat 
internet censorship was unconstitutional. 
They're working on a new law more likely to 
pass gas with the black-robed guys. If you 
have a website or (to a lesser extent) email, you 
can strike preemptively with an electronic 
petition and a marker for your website. Info is 
at: www.firstamendment.org. Check it out. 
— >It's called Pachinko Hitler subtitled "Bad 
Dope for Thurston Moore." It's a Japanese 
cassette compilation filled with bands I've 
never heard of. But it does have a cover by 
notorious Mike Diana. Liner notes come from 
mass murderer Henry Lee Lucas, so what else 
can you want? 

It costs $11. It's from Japan, so you pay 
through the (hairless) nose! You can buy it 
from: BEAST 666, c/o Hitomi Arimoto, 2-112, 
Suwanomori-Higashi, Hamadera, Sakai-shi, 
Osaka 592, JAPAN. 

Me? I, as usual, can be found at 
MykelB@ix.netcom.com. Also: SEND ME 
YOUR PRIVATE PORN ! That homemade stuff 



I grew to love has disappeared from my P< 
Box. Even the solo video stuff where you just 
play with yourself moaning my name over 
ana over. I only got ONE in the last 3 months! 
(Thanks Jason.) Did you forget the address or 
what? It's PO Box 137, Prince Street Station, 
New York NY 10012 




A girl could get tired of spending her 
whole life writing about rape, unfortunately, I 
might be doing it a lot in upcoming columns. 
Feeling like I have to write about rape just for 
the sake of balance pisses me off. And even 
though I sometimes write best when I'm up- 
set, sometimes it's too much. When I can't 
write, I cook. The fact that this column is all 
about food is a testament to my anger and 

confusion this* month. Bon appetit. 

****** 

"Go buy a sandwich on your lunch break and 
think about independence for a minute. There are so 
many people between you and that sandwich you 're 
eating -from the people who picked the lettuce in the 
fields to the people who baked the bread to the people 
in the factory farm who raised that genetically 
engineered mutant chicken to the people who deliv- 
ered all the stuff in the trucks to the guy who put the 
whole thing together in the back to the guy who took 
your money to anyone else who had anything to do 
with it and all their friends and relatives and 
everyone they hww..." - sascha dubrul (from 
carnival of chaos, on the road with the nomad- 
ic festival, pg. 5; autonomedia/ bloodlink press) 

Like most people I know, I work in food 
service. Every day I carry plates of food to 
people, food that someone else has planted, 
grown, slaughtered, cleaned, shipped, 
chopped, cooked and arranged for them. When 
they re finished, I take the plate back to the 
kitchen, where it's scraped and washed and 
put away for them. I don't have to move the 
food from the plate to their mouths or chew it 
for them (although I sometimes wish I could), 
but, I have to fuss over them while they do, 
fetching their table wine if they're thirsty, their 
extra napkins if they make a mess, their fork if 
they drop it. By the end of the night, spattered 
with other people's dinner and nursing my 
shoulder from lifting, I feel like I work in some 
sort of adult daycare center. 

Don't misunderstand me; this isn't a 
rant about work. I actually like myjob. The pay 
is good and the work affords me plenty of time 
for thinking. And one thought consistently 
rumbling in the ol' rock tumbler is how there's 
not many things less DIY than eating in a 
restaurant. Think about it... What part ofbelly- 
ing up to the local TacoClone counter for a 
prefab bean burrito could possibly be Do-It- 
Vourself? Regardless of how advertisers ma- 
nipulate it, the theme song of the ever-expand- 



ing service industry is "Let-Someone-Else- 
Do-It-For-You (For Money)." You don't do 
anything for yourself in a restaurant, except 
decide which among the market-researched, 
predefined menu items you want, and maybe 
whether you'd prefer hot or mild sauce. Stay 
with me while ibelabor the obvious here, but 
the act of feeding ourselves is something ba- 
sic, something intimately connected to life, to 
our lives , and it's disturbing and horrible that 
we enjoy having our options limited, that we 
expect strangers to do all of the necessary 
work, and especially that we slave at our 
underpaid jobs to earn money so we can pay 
them for it, rather than learn to do it our- 
selves. 

Now, I don't anticipate that most read- 
ers will sacrifice life in the city and move to 
Iowa to raise organic soybeans for a tofu 
commune upon realizing this. Farming is 
probably a little too DIY for most of us (last 
summer I was buried under a pile of projects 
and traveling punks so deep that my garden 
couldn't even grow weeds), but that doesn't 
mean we have to submit to late 20th-century 
capitalism's sci-fi version of "food." By learn- 
ing to cook and doing it often, we can avoid 
swallowing the shit dished up for us, both 
literally and metaphorically, by this system. 
We may have no cnoice about being consum- 
ers, but cooking our own food lets us reject an 
entire industry and its philosophy of aisem- 
powerment. Instead, we become the produc- 
ers, creating something real and substantial 
for ourselves, putting the power to make 
decisions that directly affect us in our own 
hands and minds. Whether it's as insignifi- 
cant as determining the proper ratio of pea- 
nut butter to jelly, or as important as choosing 
between organic veggies from the local food 
co-op or those sprayed with poly-syllabic 
outer-space chemicals at Omnipotent Foods 
International Inc., cooking for ourselves al- 
lows us a rare measure of autonomy and 
responsibility. We decide how our money is 
spent, which ingredients to buy, what the end 
result will taste like; we even have a say about 
what happens to the trash we create, whether 
it's composted or recycled. The ability to make 
decisions like these is what DIY is all about; 
it's how we make revolutions in our own 

lives. 

****** 

Since I know you're all itching to get 
started in the kitchen, here are some easy 
recipes that I promise taste really good. Even 
though I'm not vegan, I picked recipes that 
are for a couple of different reasons. First of 
all, you don't have to be vegan to eat vegan 
food (duh), so anyone can make these. More 
importantly, reducing the amount of animal 
products we consume helps us lessen excess 
capitalist presence in our lives; like cooking 
itself, veganism, or attempted veganism, helps 
us bypass an entire segment of industry. And 
on a more personal level, cooking vegan food 
that doesn't taste like anything is missing is 
really challenging and fun for me. Besides, 
there are few moral arguments as compelling 
to the committed carnivore than a delicious, 
secretly- vegan meal. 

Some of the measurements in the reci- 
pes are a little vague. But that's because real 
cooking is not an exact science... it's interac- 
tive and risky, just like real life. You need to be 



in there with your food, tasting and adjusting 
and learning, until you get it right. That's 
where the satisfaction and fun is. As long as 
you don't hurry too much or get overexuber- 
ant with spices, explosions and other catas- 
trophes are really pretty rare. If you're inter- 
ested in learning more about cooking and 
don't have anyone to teach you, cookbooks 
are the next best thing. A good starter book, 
even though it's not vegetarian, is the Joy of 
Cooking; it s a great reference for when you 
don't understand a certain procedure or now 
to convert tablespoons to cups, or even if you 
just want to make a good vegetable stock. My 
personal favorite cookbooks are the Moose- 
wood Cookbook and the Enchanted Broccoli For- 
est, both by Molly Katzen, and especially, the 
bible of vegetarian Indian cooking, Lord Krish- 
na's Cuisine, by Yamuna Devi. There are also 
good cookbook zines out there, such as Soy 
Not Oil and Bark and Grass... So get going: 
cooking is punk as fuck! 

ginger fried rice: 
this recipe turns out best if i'm listening 
to either the pogues (if i should fall from grace 
with god) or X (los angeles) while i'm making 
it, and especially if there's a whole flock of 
punk rockers dancing around in the kitchen 
in the meantime, i fed ten of the kids for less 
than five bucks the last time i made it, and 
even impressed a taiwanese friend, who want- 
ed to know where this lily-white midwestern 
girl learned to cook good asian food, if you're 
into the lacto-ovo thing and short on protein 
in your life, you can also add two beaten eggs 
at the same time you add the tofu; just make 
sure they're completely cooked before you 
add the rice. 
2 C white rice 

4 C water 

~1" x 1 1/2" knob of fresh ginger (no, you 
can't use the dried stuff...) 

5 large cloves garlic 

1 bunch (4-7) green onions 

1 carton (-12 oz.) silken tofu, soft or firm 

1 medium green pepper 

1 head broccoli 

vegetable oil 

soy sauce 

cayenne pepper 

black pepper 

Combine the rice and water in a large 
pot with a lid over-high heat. When the water 
begins to boil, turn the heat down to low. Let 
the rice steam with the lid on for 20 minutes; 
in the meantime, start chopping veggies. Peel 
or cut the skin off the ginger; slice it first into 
disks, then strips, and finally chop it as fine as 
possible. Peel the garlic (which is easy if you 
smash it first with the flat edge of a big knife), 
then chop it in the same manner as ginger- 
Chop the green onion into thin disks, com- 
posting the white tips with the feelers and 
any wilted green parts. Chop the green pep- 
per into thumbnail-sized pieces, and chop the 
broccoli into little bushes (not big trees); peel 
the hard skin off the thick stem and chop it 
into small pieces as well. Compost all the 
veggie waste. 

If twenty minutes or more have passed, 
check to see if the rice is done; if so, turn the 
heat off completely. Then, heat around 1 ta- 
blespoon of vegetable oil in the frying pan 
over medium-high heat. Once it's hot enough 
to make a few drops of water sizzle, add the 



ginger, garlic and green onions, with a situ 
splash of soy sauce. Let these cook for a few 
minutes, then break up the silken tofu with 
your hands and add it to the pan with just 
enough extra soy sauce to give it a pale beige 
color. Stir everything gently until the spices 
have softened and the tofu cooks enough that 
it doesn't look like raw eggs. Add the green 
pepper and broccoli with another small splash 
of soy sauce. Stir to combine all the ingredi- 
ents, then cover the pan and let it steam for a 
couple of minutes, checking every once in 
awhile to make sure that nothing is burning. 

Once the broccoli has turned bright 
green and has begun to soften, begin adding 
the cooked rice from the pot to the frying pan, 
one quarter at a time. Stir well to mix in 
veggies and spices, while splashing the mix- 
ture with soy sauce until it takes on a nice 
light brown color. Add some cayenne and 
black pepper to taste, and stir well again. The 
rice should be sticky enough to eat with chop- 
sticks. Share with friends. 

almond rice cookies: 

this is my favorite recipe from a cook- 
book that i wrote for arm arbor's recently 
demised community-owned, collectively-run, 
organic, whole-grain bakery, after being 
forced to do a bizillion community service 
hours by the Man, i fell in love with the place 
and continued to volunteer on and off for the 
next three years, working there, i learned so 
many things about sustainable agriculture 
and the gentle side of radical living: how to 
clean and disinfect with vinegar, why we 
should conserve water even in michigan, how 
collectives function, even what echinacea 
does, as for the cookies themselves, i love the 
fact that they don't contain any animal prod- 
ucts, refined sugar, or even wheat flour, and 
that they're still among the most delicious 
cookies in the world; not too sweet, with a 
texture kinda like pecan sandies. they can be 
a little expensive to make, but they're worth 
it, especially when you need a birthday present 
for the vegan warrior in your life who has 
everything. 

5/8 C margarine, softened 
5/8 C maple syrup (the fake stuff will do, but 
that's kinda not the point) 
3/4 Tb vanilla 
1 drop almond oil 

I 3/4 C rice flour 
1/2 t baking powder 

I I /2 C finely chopped almonds (a food pro- 
cessor works best, but you can do it the DIY 
way, too) 

up to 1 1/2 Tb water 

Preheat your oven to 350°. In a large 
bowl, combine the margarine, maple syrup, 
vanilla and almond oil, stirring until smooth. 
In a small bowl, mix the baking powder with 
the rice flour, then add both to the large bowl 
Mix well. Stir in the chopped almonds, add- 
ing the water only if the dough is too crumbly 
to hold together. Drop rounded spoonfuls of 
dough onto a greased cookie sheet, then flat- 
ten evenly with your fingers. Bake around 15 
minutes or so, until cookies are just brown 
around the edges. 

vegan bailey's irish cream: 

i originally came up with this recipe to 
impress a favorite vegan jailbait boy of mine, 
but by the time i told him about it, he'd 
decided to stop drinking, so, this version was 



developed by me and the notorious John q. 
gerken when he first arrived in the midwest 
from san jose last summer, the powdered 
sugar thing might not fly with any really 
strict no-refined-sugar vegans out there; you 
could probably leave it out, adding more 
chocolate syrup to make it sweeter, or using 
chocolate Tofutti instead of vanilla, and you 
should probably add some silken tofu to im- 
prove the texture, please let me know if you 
come up with something really genius, okay? 
1-1 1/4 C whiskey 
1 pint vanilla Tofutti 
1 pint vanilla soy or rice milk 
1/2 t coconut extract 
1/2 1 vanilla extract 
4-6 Tb chocolate syrup 
powdered sugar 

In a blender, combine the whiskey, To- 
futti, and soy milk, blending until the Tofutti 
melts and everything mixes. Add the coconut 
and vanilla extracts and chocolate syrup, and 
blend again. Begin adding powdered sugar 
by 1/4 C increments, blending until all the 
lumps dissolve. Keep adding sugar until the 
mixture is sweet and thick enough for you. 
Refrigerate or share with your friends right 

away. 

****** 

right now i'm over two months behind on answer- 
ing my mail, a situation which may get better or 
zvorse over the holidays, if that doesn't bug you, 
send all your nice correspondence and presents to: 
sheri g. pob 7564 ann arbor, mi 48107, or 
sheri@cyberspace.org. . . don 't bother zoithhate mail 
or missionary work, i don 't have time, by the way, 
do any girls read this magazine? i've only gotten 
two letters from girls... write and let me know 
what you 'd like to see changed around here; this is 
our scene too! this column is for theFNB ann arbor 
kids, especially kaivin, who made me stay up all 
night to finish this. 




Just one thing to highlight this month: In 
an interview in Stw-Pulse magazine, Joe King 
of the Queers says the following in the midst 
of a lengthy, raging attack: "George Tabb is a 
rich Jewish guy...". I don't care what kind of 
bone Joe has to pick with George or anyone, 
but when you throw that "Jewish" adjective 
into your sentence a red flag immediately 
goes up with me. George being Jewish or not 
Jewish has nothing to do with anything, 
UNLESS YOU'RE A FUCKING BIG- 
OT AT HEART! That's the only reason that 
word gets tossed into a sentence like that. Oh, 
and by the way, George ain't rich either. 

Another quote from the same 
interview: "Maximum RocknRoll is just a 
bunch of 40 year old men". I'm sure that will 
be interesting news to the 93% of the writers 
here that are well under 40 or are female (out 
of the 1 12 people who worked on last month's 
issue, I think Mykel, Harald, Lefty, Jon Von, 
Dave Emory, Mel, Bruce and myself are the 



only ones over 40, and most of us have more 
enthusiasm and verve than a lot of younger 
people I know!). 

Geez, racist, sexist and ageist, all in two 
sentences! Whatsamatter, didn't wanna go 
for the homophobia, too? 

On a more positive note, Tom Hopkins 
began assigning vinyl here a coup la months 
ago (Ray Lujan has been assigning the CDs 
for quite a while) and by all accounts has been 
doing a great job of getting the right records 
to the appropriate reviewers. 

As has been hinted at elsewhere, it looks 
like there won't be a Book Your Own Fucking 
Life next year. As I had stated, there wasn^ 
any kind of unanimity among the MRR staff 
that this project absolutely had to happen this 
year, and wnen no solid group came forward 
to take on part of the work, we let it slide by. 
We'll reevaluate it again next year to see if 
there is any groundswell of need and possible 
partners in the project for 1999. 



SIS 




OPINIO*.^! 



J£»E* 






RECORD LABELS SUCK! 
Why would any sane person want to be 

in a band /That's a question I've asked myself 
many times lately. For the last 10 years I've 
been singer/songwriter for the Parasites. So 
far the band has generally been fun to be in, 
but every time something cool happens, some- 
thing stupid is waiting right around the cor- 
ner. This long term roller coaster ride still 
continues with our most frustrating experi- 
ence yet, the continuing non-release of our 
latest studio album. Our previous studio al- 
bum was released in '94, and since then we've 
had two live albums. One has our own songs, 
and the other is a cover of the Ramones' "It's 
Alive" as part of the Clearview series. Those 
of you who have asked me what's going on 
will now know the whole story, and the rest 
of you might find it interesting too, so here 
goes. 

After we stopped working with Shred- 
der in '95, we signed to Wingnut Records. In 
May of '96, Wingnut finally released our live 
CD four months late, even though the master 
tapes and artwork were given to Wingnut the 
same day as we mailed the same materials to 
Munster Records in Spain for a vinyl only 2 
LP version. That version was released in Jan- 
uary '96, and was already out of print months 
before Wingnut's CD was even released. We 
had provided the recording and the artwork 
free of charge to Wingnut, but the release kept 
getting postponed. Josh, from Wingnut, 
vaguely blamed the pressing plant when the 
date kept changing every two weeks. Finally, 
we had to leave for our tour without our new 
live CD. We had made tour shirts for the CD, 
but no one at the shows knew what release 
they were for. We later found out that the CDs 



were lying on the floor of the pressing plant 
for over a month because Josh couldn't pay 
the pressing bill. Wingnut completely screwed 
up our tour, and destroyed any trust we had 
in them. When we finally got copies of the 
new CD from Wingnut, we were in Lafayette, 
Indiana, getting ready to record our new 
studio album at Sonic Iguana. We had record- 
ed there before, and were happy with how it 
turned out, and decided to record the new 
album there. Before we even started record- 
ing, we had decided not to release the new 
album on Wingnut, and that we would break 
the ties we had to them as soon as we got 
home. We had a great time working with 
Mass and Jeff at Sonic Iguana, and all of us 
worked our butts off on the album. Everyone 
told us they thought the album was our best 
stuff ever. We felt like the "Bad News Bears" 
after winning the championship or some- 
thing, and triumphantly returned home de- 
termined to get rid of Wingnut, and have the 
album released on Lookout Records. 

As soon as we got home, we went to see 
Josh. We explained that we were unhappy 
with how he nad handled the live CD, and felt 
that we could not continue to work with his 
label. Surprisingly, he was real cool about it, 
and said if we didn't want to be on his label, 
he would let us go. A tape of the album was 
sent from the studio to Lookout in early June, 
and Lookout got in touch with us a couple 
months later, (September '96). They told us 
that they had decided unanimously to release 
our album. They also sent us a sample con- 
tract to look over, and told us when they 
would release the album. Everything had 
worked out as we had hoped. It seemed too 
good jto be true, and it was. We went back to 
Wingnut to finish any leftover business, and 
Josh freaked on us. He said that he hadn't 
meant a word that he had said about letting 
us go, and that he would go out of his way to 
prevent us from releasing the album on any 
other label, though he hadn't heard the tape. 
I already knew that while we were on tour, he 
had received $5000 for licensing our new 
album to a foreign label without our written 
permission. I had a lawyer check our contract 
with him and found out that Josh had broken 
the contract by doing this. Since Josh couldn't 
hold us to a contract that he had broken, I 
informed Lookout of what our lawyer said. 
Molly from Lookout didn't seem to care, and 
said that Lookout wanted proof that they 
could release the album without fear of being 
sued by Josh. We then had our lawyer look 
over the Wingnut contract again, and the 
lawyer said that we were free to leave. Molly 
still said that we needed to do more to protect 
Lookout. She wanted written legal proof, so 
we put our lawyer in touch with Josh s. Some- 
how Josh had found the sleaziest lawyer imag- 
inable. This guy was so sleazy that when 
someone asks him for identification, he prob- 
ably picks up a handful of shit and holds it up 
proudly. He tried to bully us into asking 
Lookout give Josh $25,000 dollars and a per- 
centage of our next three albums! This was 
getting so retarded that we knew we would 
have to take Josh to court, which we did in 
February of '97, when we easily had the Wing- 
nut contract voided. Josh couldn't contest the 
court decision; it was a no-brainer. Josh was 
also bogged down by two other Wingnut 



bands, A.F.I and Screw 32 having disputes 
with him at the same time as us. He lost those 
bands, too. 

In early '97 Lookout released "Hang 
Up", a Parasites EP comprised of an 'A-side' 
from our forthcoming album, and two other 
songs from the album sessions that Lookout 
released as non-LP b-sides, and it was selling 
well. When they made calls to stores to pro- 
mote the EP, they told the stores that the EP 
was from a forthcoming Parasites full length 
on Lookout. Actually, for two months before 
the EP was even released, Lookout had been 
telling stores that the next Parasites album 
would be on Lookout, and sales of our previ- 
ous CDs increased as a result. Lookout had 
previously informed us that the original al- 
bum release date of March '97 had to be 
changed, since the closing date of the court 
case against Wingnut wasn't until early May. 
We tola them that we were cool with that. The 
press /bio sheet that went out with promo 
copies of the Lookout EP, as well as our page 
on the Lookout web site, both stated that our 
album would be released sometime later in 
'97, cool. At that point we left Berkeley, and 
did a tour of Japan, followed by our 5th US 
tour. In the week or so between the two tours, 
I called Lookout to get more copies of the new 
EP for the US tour. The box of 100 free copies 
that they'd given us had all been sold in 
Japan. Cathy, who handled tour merchan- 
dise, told me that they would like us to pay 
them for the first box before they gave us 
more copies. When I mentioned that I was 
told the first box was free, she said that they 
had since changed their minds, and asked us 
to pay them now. We had already spent all 
our money on T-shirts and a van rental for the 
US tour, so we couldn't. After five minutes of 
arguing, she finally said we could get more 
copies, but I was still surprised at how much 
of a hassle it was to get them. We previously 
asked them to make posters for the single/ 
tour for us to send out ourselves, and even 
offered to pay Lookout back for the posters, 
but they said no. They did make full color 
posters in time for our tour displaying a bunch 
of their new 7" releases, including ours, but 
they never told us the posters existed . We saw 
them being boxed up for delivery to Lookout 
when we picked up our tour stickers at Punks 
With Presses, and the guy boxing them up 
was nice enough to let us have a few. Any- 
way, we picked up the EPs from Lookout and 
left for tour. We played a bunch of the songs 
from the forthcoming album at the shows, 
and announced that the album would be out 
soon on Lookout. 

When we returned we called Lookout 
to ask when they wanted us to bring in the 
album artwork. Chris and Molly were on a 
PeeChees tour at the time, and I was told that 
I would have to wait for them to get back, and 
that no one else there was responsible for our 
album. Even though something was definite- 
ly starting to stink here, I waited until they 
returned. When I finally talked to Molly, she 
passed the buck to Chris, and told me I had to 
talk to him, since she didn't have anything to 
do with the project anymore. I askecf to speak 
to him, but he had gone away again. I left a 
message to have him call me when he re- 
turnee!. Chris is a busy guy, I guess, and 
before I knew it he had returned, but was 



already away again on another PeeChees tour. 
I checked the Lookout web site and found out 
when the PeeChees would be back in town. I 
also looked at the Parasites page on the Look- 
out web site again, and it still said that the 
"Hang Up" EP included an 'A side' from a 
Parasites album being released later this year, 
and 2 non-LP b-sides. I went to the Lookout 
office a couple days before Chris and Molly 
were getting back, and talked to Cathy whe 
handles promotion, I think. I knew she wasn't 
responsible for the release of our album, but 
I also wanted to get a clear message through 
to Chris that we really needed to know what 
was going on with our album. Cathy then 
told me that she didn't think that they had 
ever said that they were going to release our 
album! I told her that I was absolutely sure 
that they had said our album was being re- 
leased. I then suggested that she should Took 
on the promo sheet for the "Hang Up" EP, or 
the Parasites page on the Lookout web site if 
she wanted proof. It said right there on our 
page that they were releasing it, and had said 
that for over six months. She got flustered, 
and promised that she would take care of the 
"mistake" immediately. Sure enough, I went 
to Lookout's web site the next day and the 
wording had been slightly changed. It now 
read that our EP included an 'A side', and two 
b-sides, and any reference to our album had 
mysteriously disappeared. It's amazing how 
fast people can get some things done and how 
slowly they get other things done. 

Two days later Molly called first thing 
in the morning. I sleep late, so I don't remem- 
ber too much about the conversation, but I do 
know that it escalated into an argument, she 
got upset, she said that Chris would call me in 
an hour. I got up and started the long painful 
waking up process that I despise, and was 
reasonably coherent by the time Chris called. 
I was glad that I finally was able to get a 
response from the one person who was sup- 
posed to actually have the answers to my 
questions. We discussed a lot of stuff regard- 
ing the album, but it became clear that there 
was one big problem. Ironically, on Septem- 
ber 22nd 1997, the exact one year anniversary 
of when I first got the contract, Chris told me 
they weren't going to put our album out. I 
asked Chris why nobody had told me this 
before, but didn t get much of an answer. He 
said that he assumed that we would want a 
video and all sorts of other expensive promo- 
tional stuff, and they couldn't afford to do it. 
They seem to be able to afford to do all that 
stuff for everybody else on their label, though. 
I told him that we didn't want a video, and 
that I didn't care if our album came out stuck 
in a Safeway bag with a Parasites sticker on it, 
and that I'd even sticker them myself. We just 
wanted to get the damn thing out. I told nim 
that tons of people were calling and writing 
and E-mailing me asking when the Lookout 
album was coming out, and I was getting 
tired of feeling stupid not knowing what to 
tell them. He said a few months ago he had 
discussed what we would want with other 
people that we knew. I asked him whv he 
never discussed it with me. Jeez, I hacf left 
phone messages and E-mail messages for 
him. He has my phone number. He has my E- 
mail address. Hell, he's even been to my 
house! I live pretty close to the Lookout office 



so I guess theoretically if he had trouble get- 
ting in touch with me, he could have snot 
flares off Lookout's roof and I would have 
seen them. I told him that some other labels 
had been interested, but they had now signed 
other bands instead. He asked me why I 
didn't try to get on those labels. Well, maybe 
if someone had let me know what was going 
on, I would have, but no one did, and it was 
too late. Besides, why would I go looking 
when we were already on the label we want- 
ed to be on, and they had already done the 
single from the album, and it had sold well. I 
told him how much we had always felt that 
Lookout was the right label for us, and that 
we had been looking forward to touring again 
with the other Lookout bands that our friends 
were in. Chris agreed with my logic. He also 
said he saw the merits of my band and our 
album being on Lookout, and said that he 
would figure out if they could do it after all. 
Chris called me back a couple of days later, 
and said that as of that day they couldn't 
release our album, but maybe tney could 
release the next one, and that he wanted to do 
lunch and discuss it. I told him that we were 
only interested in our current unreleased al- 
bum, not our next one, which isn't even re- 
corded yet, but if he wanted to discuss this 
one, I would. A few weeks later we went out 
to lunch. We talked about all sorts of stuff, 
and got along great. He asked me what was 
up with the album, so I mentioned that I'd 
been real busy getting our European tour set, 
and hadn't had much time in the last few 
weeks to do much about the album. I also 
mentioned that our European fall '97 tour 
had just been postponed because of the non- 
release of our album. I said that we were 
scheduled to go in February of '98 instead, 
and wanted to have the album out for that. 
Chris thought there was a good chance that 
would work. Once again he said that he would 
discuss our album with the rest of the gang at 
the office. A couple weeks later, Chris E- 
mailed me to tell me again that they couldn't 
release our album. I know he was trying to 
repair a damaged relationship, and I appreci- 
ate that, but his trying, has only resulted in 
two more wasted months for us. Good inten- 
tions or not, all that was accomplished is that 
we're now the only band whose album Look- 
out has dropped tnree different times. He did 
say that the soonest they could do it was in the 
fall of 1998. 1 said that we couldn't wait anoth- 
er year for an album that was already a year 
late to be released. 

Chris and I had our final meeting re- 
cently, and at my request, the Parasites' EP on 
Lookout is being deleted after the remaining 
100 copies are sold. We also will no longer 
have a page on the Lookout web site, or 
anything else to do with them. I apologize to 
anyone who is disappointed at having to wait 
even longer for our album. I'm going to try to 
get it out as soon as I can. We're really looking 
forward to putting this whole thing behind 
us, finally getting our missing album, entitled 
"Rat Ass Pie" out, and starting to tour again 
like we're supposed to. Hell, we haven't even 
practiced since July, this sucks! 
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Many of you think you don't know me, 
but you do. Maybe not me, specifically, but 
you know someone like me. Someone, per- 
haps, who would never even contemplate read- 
ing this zine or doing the kinds of things it is 
associated with; or maybe someone from your 
local scene or someone in your family. I'd like 
to talk about us — people like me — through 
my eyes. 

Think back to your days in school, as far 
back as you care to go. I was that kid that used 
to sit in class and bark all the time. I was the 
guy who was always twitching his neck, blink- 
ing his eyes, snapping his fingers. I was the one 
who was constantly making funny sounds. I 
was also the child who couldn't keep from 
touching things. Anything. Everything. All of 
the time. 

You don't remember me from school? 
Perhaps you know me now, as an adult. May- 
be you work with me, or attend the same 
university that I do. It could be that you've 
seen me at a show, at the supermarket, or on 
the bus. I still do that stuff: the twitching, the 
touching, the funny sounds. I'm prone to re- 
peating things that you say or things that I hear 
on television. I can not sit still for longer than 
a few seconds, and I am rarely quiet. You may 
not have ever noticed me (though I doubt 
that), but I am there. I am everywhere. I can be 
of any race, social class, nationality, or other 
category you'd care to devise. I can come from 
any country in the world. Indeed, I have. 

I have Tourette Syndrome (TS). I want to 
clarify right now that I am not seeking your 
sympathy; I do not need it. Tourette's is not a 
debilitating disease, like A.I.D.S., and it does 
not cause death. It will be a part of me for the 
rest of my life, and it is often disabling, but I 
can deal with it. I've been dealing with it since 
I was a small child, and I only found out what 
it was (is) recently. My purpose for writing 
this is simply to educate as many people as I 
can about TS. Hopefully, someone who has all 
the symptoms of the condition, but has no idea 
what they are or what to do about them, will 
see this and seek assistance, or at least more 
information. 

The first diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome 
came in the 1800's. A French neurologist, 
Georges Gilles de la Tourette, was the first to 
seriously research and categorize the disor- 
der. It is named after him. 

TS is an inherited condition, yet many 
specifics are not yet known. TS affects males 
by a 4: 1 rate over females, and can be inherited 
as a recessive gene, which means that you can 
pass it to your children while never exhibiting 
signs yourself. 

Tourette's is NOT what most people 
think it is: people running around cursing at 



the top of their lungs while in the bank,on the 
playground, etc. Hollywood, TV news, and 
KurtCobain lied to you (can you believe it?!?!?). 
That condition is called COPROLALIA, and is 
seen in approximately 30% of TS patients. Less 
than 1% of this group exhibit severe coprola- 
lia. They may have trouble controlling their 
anger and their expression of it (such as curs- 
ing) while in public. The rest of us may curse 
a Utile more than the average person when 
stressed or alone, but it is not a big problem. 

The main symptoms of Tourette Syn- 
drome are MOTOR TICS and VOCAL TICS. 
Motor tics include, but are not limited to, eye 
blinking, head jerking, shoulder shrugging, 
facial grimacing, and finger snapping. Vocal 
tics include throat clearing, barking, tongue 
clicking, high-pitched sounds, sniffing, repeat- 
ing words over and over, and others. A person 
with TS is also likely to have compulsions to 
touch things or people, hit or bite themselves 
or other people, and check things repeatedly. 
Everything that we do, every second of every 
day, is categorized by an obsessive need for 
everything to be "right", and we will go to 
great lengths to achieve that feeling. Personal- 
ly, I have to dress in a certain way, with a 
certain order, or I don't feel "right" and I have 
to start over again. The same is true of the way 
I shower, turn on my computer to type, sit 
down to eat, and get in a car. 

Other conditions are commonly associ- 
ated with TS, but are not always present. I do 
not have a learning disability or Attention 
Deficit Disorder, for example (if anything, I 
am more obsessed with detail and hate to 
leave any project unfinished, no matter what it 
is), but many people with TS do. Sleep disor- 
ders are also common in TS patients. I have 
been an insomniac all of my life, and, just like 
the twitching and everything else, I only dis- 
covered the cause recently. 

To be classified as Tourette's, as op- 
posed to some other condition, certain param- 
eters must be met. Symptoms must appear 
before the age of 18, and usually begin be- 
tween the ages of 5 and 8. TS is a neurological 
disorder characterized by the tics that I have 
described, and both motor and vocal tics must 
be present to achieve a diagnosis of TS. The tics 
must occur many times a day, often in bouts, 
and continue for at least a year to be consid- 
ered TS. My tics are a constant thing, occurring 
every few seconds every day since I was 4 or 5. 
I am 27 now, and only received a diagnosis 
within the past year. 

Many people do not know much about 
Tourette's, which is why I am writing this. (I 
think I said that earlier.) Every school I attend- 
ed while growing up had something to say 
about my tics, none of it positive. I was "dis- 
ruptive', "uncontrollable", and just plain 
"weird". I saw every counselor, school psy- 
chologist, and disciplinarian in every school 
district I ever set foot in, but there was not a 
single soul among them with enough educa- 
tion to recognize my condition. That is sad, 
considering that my symptoms are about as 
severe as tney come. My family became so 
accustomed to my tics, that they usually didn't 
even notice them. Tics change constantly, with 
no warning, and a few particularly severe tics 
would create conversation relating to my "lat- 
est nervous habit", but that's it. After a few 
days, even the kids at school who lived for the 



opportunity to make fun of the way I always 
shrugged one shoulder or whispered "hoo, 
hoo" all the time left me alone. That is, until 
these actions were replaced by other, stranger, 
tics. 

There is no cure for TS, but there are 
medications which can help control it. Many 
of them, like Haldol, have severe depressive 
side-effects. Others, like Clonodine and Guan- 
facine, are actually high-blood pressure .med- 
ications, and have relatively few side-effects. 
My doctor has suggested Guanfacine for me, 
but I don't notice any positive differences since 
beginning it. I still nave tics and twitches and 
compulsions. 1 still have Tourette's. It is part of 
who I am, and always will be. 

Actually, TS defines me better than any- 
thing else I can think of. I refuse to be identified 
by whatever crummy job I happen to have at 
the time. I am scared to death of patriotism and 
"pride" in countries, states, ethnic groups, etc. 



I have no use for organized religions. I love 
hardcore and punk music, but I hardly find it 
necessary to walk around calling myself a 
"punker" as if I were a character on a lame TV 
sitcom. Really, I'm just a person. But I'm a 
person who has a medical condition that will 
be with me for the rest of my life, so I might as 
well get used to it, adjust to it, accept it, and 
become one with it. Heck, maybe I should 
have a little pride in it. After all, though most 
of society point, laugh, giggle, tease, insult, 
and occasionally accost me for my actions, I 
can not control those actions any more than I 
can control society. 

There is plenty more to learn about 
Tourette Syndrome, and I encourage all of you 
to find out more about it. If any of you reading 
this recognize yourself in my words, you 
should certainly contact TSA (address below) 
for more information. If any of you recognize 
a friend, relative, or colleague, I urge you to 



consider the facts about this disorder before 
you say, or even think, anything else, and offer 
to help them with what you know rather than 
pick on them or write off their behavior as 
'nervousness". There are many things in life 
that most of us do not understand, so be fair. It 
could be you. 

Please contact: Tourette Syndrome As- 
sociation, Inc. at: 42-40 Bell Blvd., Bayside, 
NY 11361-2820 or Tel: (718) 224-2999 or Fax: 
(718)279-9596 or e-mail: tourette@ix. 
netcom.com, There is also plenty of info on the 
WWW, just use the keyword "tourette" and 
you'll get plenty of good stuff. If you contact 
them by mail, please send a few stamps. Just 
like D.LY. distros, etc., they need all the help 
they can get to disseminate information and 
fund research. This article was not written for 
TSA, nor do my views necessarily reflect those 
of the organization. Thanks for your time. 





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They say the heat out here will make you do 
strange things. Maybe you'll see weird lights hovering 
over Phoenix. Maybe you'll run for governor and subse- 
quently get indicted for fraud. Or maybe you'll throw 
yourself into the southeastern Arizona punk scene. Right 
now. it's hotter than getting stuck behind a Sun Tran bus 
at high noon. 

TUCSON { by Chris Z. Disease, and Kris Vlasic ) 
Beloved punk-garage-and-beyond band THE WEIRD 
LOVEMAKERS are still riding the buzz off their newest 
CD. "Electric Chump" ( Gouramie ) , which won glowing 
reviews from MRR and Punk Planet. THE LOVEMAKERS. 
who have members of venerable Tucson acts 
SKOLUWOLL and THE LONELY TROJANS squirreled 
away in their line-up somewhere, are back home after 
several shows in Mexico and a West Coast tour, proving 
to the world that they still deserve to be called, as a local 
alternative paper clubbed them a year or so ago, 
Tucson's Best Punk Band." Even the most unhip of 
Southern Arizona's unhip are hip to THE LOVEMAKERS. 
Their new album. "Flu Shot," should be out in November 
or December. 

Older Tucson bands still play out as well - 
freak punk act ZERO TOLERANCE TASK FORCE is as 
bizarre as even despite most members antedating, on 
the average, most new bands' gas-guzzling 70s tour 
vans. Look out for their latest entertaining 7-inch. "The 
Anal Medley and Three Antiparty Anthems". FEAST 
UPON CACTUS THORNS recently banged out a set of their 
high speed, beer-soaked, gonzo punk rock, and car- 
obsessed punkers HELLDRIVER show no signs of slowing 
down. THE LOVERS have had tracks out on two local 
comps and even TEETH, who put out a 7" on Allied, still 
does a show now and then. Uber-garage act THE FELLS 
have done a few shows and have a new album coming 
out on Estrus Records. 

Of course, there's a whole slew of new 
bands, too. which share members as often as they share 
slots on shows. JASON'S CAT DIED's breakup yielded two 
new bands. YELLOW BRICK ROADKILL and GRIMEY 
OFFENSIVE DRUNKS, and BEERGUT's demise spawned 
three - count em, three - new punk groups. 

YELLOW BRICK ROADKILL is one of the 
more popular bands in town, combining innovative 
song-writing with all sorts of time changes and styles, 
from emo to pop punk to ska to even swing. But before 
you turn away in disgust, note that this is much farther 
away from trendy MTV style ska/pop/swing and some- 
thing a bit closer to the legendary MALIGNUS YOUTH, 
music that doesn't just switch from genre to genre but 
manages to blend it into something new. ROADKILL 
guitarist Kris Vlasic's other band. GRIMEY OFFENSIVE 
DRUNKS, is much more blunt and heavy - a CRASS 
comparison wouldn't be too far off. 

SUICIDE UNE HOBART. and FAILURE TO 
APPEAR all share BEERGUT members, but each has their 
own style of music. SUICIDE LANE is straight ahead. 
F.YP-esque hardcore while FAILURE TO APPEAR has 
similar speed and melody and some of the most wildly 
abrasive vocals in Tucson. HOBART. on the other hand, 
is one of Southeastern Arizona's only emo bands. 

Another similar band is DISABLED SUPER- 
MEN < D.S.M. ) , high school punks whose blisteringly fast, 
funny punk leaves bands years older in the dust. After a 
year or so of playing, D.S.M. has a tape, a comp track, and 
a small but devoted local following - as well as a well- 
stocked stable of covers including IGGY POP's "Repo 
Man" theme and a Jack In The Box commercial. 

Rowdy garage rockers THE SPITES have a 7" 
out on Rip Off and a live show liable to get them kicked 
out of every American Legion Hall south of Valencia 
Road, while fellow punk house regulars THE BLACKS 
play quick, quirky, up-tempo hardcore. 

LOS FEDERALES play snotty, sarcastic, punk 
rock with plenty of snarl-along choruses covering more 
than just porn stars and beer ( prominent topics on their 
split 7 " with BEERGUT ) . Travis also runs his own distro. 



puts out a zine, and even has his own record label - a 
regular punk rock powerhouse! 

Other regulars in the Tucson scene include 
TAINT ( SoCal style punk ) . SAPHEAD ( with members of 
AMERICAN DEATHTRIP), ORION BLUE (sort of like 
WEEZER meets the KRUPTED PEASANT FARMERS ) , and 
slow and heavy groups like SCATHE and GAT-ROT 

And. of course, the MAUGNUS YOUTH up- 
date: one of the most original, innovative, and important 
bands ever to come out of Arizona, if not the West, broke 
up after seven years. Guitarist and songwriter James 
Martin has an equally innovative and original, if less- 
than-hghtning-fast group called PATHOS, which com- 
bines MALIGNUS style songs and harmonies with punk, 
jazz, swing, and even classical music - remember, this 
from the man with the band that wrote and arranged 
a Latin Mass for high speed punk. An amazing band, that 
plays rarely but always to devoted capacity crowds. 

A year ago, none of these bands had any- 
where to play. But this summer has seen all sorts of 
venues open and stay open. Skrappy's ( 3 7 1 N. Oracle 
Rd. ) looks to be the new Downtown Performance 
Center: an all-ages, all the time venue that's well- 
managed and well-loved. Kathy books all sorts of tour- 
ing bands, any day of the week - definitely a place worth 
supporting. Call them up at 520-408-9644. 

The downtown /university area has a cluster 
of part time venues, like the Luna Loea Cafe ( 546 N. 
Stone. 520-882-4488 ). which generally sticks to more 
eccentric acts. Toxic Ranch Records U24 E. 6th St.. 520- 
623-2008 ). which does in-store shows every so often, 
and the Punk House on 6th and Euclid, where the bands 
play all night and the dogs retreat to the safety of the 
roof. Give them a call and see if they've been evicted at 
520-882-8579. Occasionally, local bars like the Double 
Zero or the Airport Lounge will book punk bands, too. 
Even more occasionally the show will be all ages. 

Tucson has a host of local labels to support 
such an active scene. Looming onthe horizon is the "If 
the Drugs Won't Kill Us, the Boredom Will." a 12" 
compilation featuring almost every Tucson band, on 
Jared from FAILURE TO APPEAR's as-yet-unnamed record 
label. Out now is the No Theme cassette compilation, 
with tracks by LOS FEDS. THE LOVEMAKERS. HOBART. 
and more, on Travis' No Theme Records (2509 N. 
Campbell H9 7 5, Tucson. AZ, 8 5 7 1 9 ). Kris Vlasic's label. 
Bandwagon, besides a ROADKILL 7". has also released 
a 7" comp. "And California Sank Into The Sea." with 
D.S.M., THE LOVERS. Z.T.T.F., and an unreieased JASON'S 
CAT DIED track. Write PO Box 44338. Tucson. AZ. 
85719 for info. Z.TT.F.'s own label, Gaping Hanus, is 
putting the finishing touches on a Monty Python cover's 
comp, featuring local and national bands, that should be 
out soon. Also in the works: the new "Brinestorm" 
compilation CD by Gouramie Records (PO Box 856. 
Tucson. AZ, 85702-0856). with the WEIRD 
LOVEMAKERS, TEETH, and more, and something new 
from THIRD WORLD UNDERGROUND (distributed by 
Euphoria World Wide Music: 57 20 E. Camden. Tucson 
AZ857I2. 520-721-7516). 

Sound Addict (714 N. Stone. 520-882- 




5120) and Toxic Ranch (address above) are Tucson's 
two independent record stores, both fairly convenient to 
city counterculture nexus 4th Avenue - the only place in 
town to go if you want to see kids in Fat Wreck Chords 
shirts exposing themselves to passing Sun Tran buses. 
Both stores have good selections of used and new 
punk/indie vinyl and CDs. though Toxic specializes 
more in garage and surfy stuff and Sound Addict carries 
more newer releases. 

KXCI 91.3 commu nity radio does two punk 
rock radio shows on Monday nights, starting at 1 1 p.m. 
with "Gimmie Indie Rock", hosted by the proprietor of 
Toxic Ranch, the appropriately named Jolly Rancher, 
and wacky sidekick Kenny Dilemma. Send CDs, vinyl or 
cassettes to GIRL c/o Kenny Dilemma. 122 E. 5th St., 
Tucson, AZ. 85705. or e-mail Kenny at 
kastenhu®u.anzona.edu. DISEASE'S politically conscious 
punk show takes to the air at immediately after GIR, at 
1 a.m. on Tuesday mornings. Get in touch at 6132 E 
24th Street. Tucson, AZ. 8 5 7 1 1 . Tucson also has its own 
bona fide underground radio station - Radio Limbo 
broadcasts weekday evenings from about 8 to midnight 
and weekends from 4 to midnight on 103.3 FM. Let 
them know you're listening at limbo@azstarnet.com or 
P.O. Box 2784. Tucson AZ 85702. 

Disease runs rampant in the Tucson zine 
scene as well, with politically charged zines Pestiddeand 
Ant Eye (same address as radio show, above) - stuff 
guaranteed to get a rise out of the reader. Travis' Its Crap 
(from No Theme Records > and Jared's Cactus Amongus 
(PO Box 43141. Tucson. AZ. 85733) prove that 
Tucson is host to a plethora of polymaths, or at least 
demonstrate that not everyone in a Tucson punk band 
is illiterate. Raunchy substance abusin' comic book 
Spleen Zine is still churning out issue after issue ( P0 Box 
30905. Tucson, AZ. 85751 and newcomer War Crime 
is a full size filled with politically aware interviews and 
articles < P0 Box 2 4 7 1 , Tucson, AZ. 8 5 7 2 ) . 

COCHISE COUNTY (by Chris Z) The scene 
down south in Cochise County isn't nearly as active as it 
used to be. however. It seems whenever Tucson gets 
something going, all the Sierra Vista punks disappear, 
and vice versa. The only Sierra Vista band still playing out 
is RAGE-AGAINST-THE MACHINE style outfit DIRECT AC- 
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DIRECT ACTION released a tape a few months ago. but 
it sold out quickly. 

MY GUN NAMED TRINA reformed as a high 
speed goof-punk trio for the summer and managed to 
cram in a handful of shows and a new tape before 
breaking up as members returned to college. The new 
tape, tentatively titled The Debacle Debacle," is avail- 
able for $1. a blank tape, or trade to Endless Fun 
Records. PO Box 481. Tombstone. AZ, 85638. 

Metal/noisecore group FACE POLLUTION, 
from Willcox. played remote Safford in July and is 
getting set to do shows around the county. 

Perennial space-rock trio and scene main- 
stays BROTHER HUMMUS, nee' ROCK SOUP, played a 
show in July with PATHOS but hasn't done too much 
since. The kids are all whispering about a HELLDAY 
reunion, but the highly original catchy pop punk quartet 
has yet to materialize. PLANET STRYCHNINE ( PS9 ) has, 
at last reports, fled the state for a kinder, gentler home 
in New York or Texas. 

Keeping the Vista scene from perking back 
up is the lack of venues in Sierra Vista. Promoters have 
to rent halls, security, and even safety fence to set shows 
up. and have little or no hope of just breaking even, 
much less paying touring bands. Bisbee has a few 
potential show spaces but as yet, no one's tried to get 
anything going. 

Fortunately, there are signs of life. Crucial to 
not only the Vista scene but Tucson as well is 4AM 
Studios, where bands from all over the state have 
recorded cassettes. 7 "s. and CDs at punk rock prices. 
Magnanimous studio magnate Scott B. has been known 
to set up touring bands with shows, floor space, and even 
cookies and pizza, as well as putting out the Arizona 
Underground cassette compilations, giving many ob- 
scure local bands their first real release. Volume 2 is in 
the works. Get in touch at PO Box 54 9 2. Sierra Vista AZ 
85636. 

NOGALES ( by Hector Jaime) Well it seems 
like Nogales has finally gotten some sort of regular 
scene going. It used to fluctuate a lot. but now there's a 
show about every weekend. The Nogales area is 
comprised of Nogales. Arizona, and Nogales. Mexico. 
Most of the shows occur on the Mexican side, where 
there are a lot more people, and consequently, more 
bands. Still, you could say that the scene is comprised of 
both towns; most of the kids on the American side go to 
shows on the Mexican side-and vice versa, and Mexican 
bands and Arizona bands usually play on the same bill. 
There aren't too many touring, U.S. bands that play in 
Nogales: exceptions have been THE WEIRD LOVEMAKERS. 
LOS FEDERALES. and ASS RASH (from Minneapolis). 
Most of the out of town bands that play are from all over 
Mexico. 

Recently, there was a big two day festival 
called "Colectividad Fronteriza" that showcased about 
twenty or so bands from all over Mexico, plus bands 
from Nogales. A?. Tucson, and LA Most of the bands 
were of the DISCHARGE, orgnndcore variety, and plenty 
of people seemed to have a good time. The only 
problem with shows in Nogales is that there is always a 
violent element. The last two shows I've been to have 
ended up in huge fights. The Colectividad Fronteriza was 
a big downer for a lot of people because both nights 
ended up being shut down because of the fights. It's 
mainly a small group of people that starts shu. Mostly 
everyone is cool, but there are always those few. So if 
anyone that goes to shows in Nogales reads this: no 
cagen todo el cotorreo con sus pinches broncas! 

Okay, here's a list of bands from both sides 
of the border: CULTURA MUERTA play heavy metal, sung 



in Spanish, with the ever-awesome Simon on drums, 
who's an anomaly when it comes to metal drummers 
because he plays a really stripped down kit ( no double- 
bass, yeah! ) . 

BI0M0RF0 play pretty tight grindcore. 
SCRAP is a new hardcore-punk band that I 
don't know much about. They're kind of a throwback to 
the eighties: really energetic. They also sing in Spanish. 
LA MERMA is one of the most popular punk 
bands in Nogales. Mexico. Actually, they're the only punk 
band in the town that doesn't have a metal element to 
them, so I like them a lot! Their sound is reminiscent of 
eighties skate-rock, a la AGENT ORANGE, and, pre-Fat 
Wreckchords craze. BAD RELIGION. They sing in Span- 
ish and have just released a tape entitled, Ciudad 
Fronteriza. which is available from: Baldemar Gomez, 
Calle Prof. Basarto Guzman y Calle Hernan Cortez 211, 
Nogales. Sonora. Mex. Telefono: 3-31-72. 

I'm sure there are other bands in Nogales. 
Sonora. which I am currently spacing out. 

Nogales. AZ currently sports only two bands 
that I know of. I'm pretty sure that's it. the scene is pretty 
small. MORE LUCK THAN BUCK play really high energy 
ska-punk. Yeah. I know it's all the craze right now, but 
I recommend these guys because: I ) bands composed 
of 1 6 and 1 7 year olds are always fun to see no matter 
what they're playing. 2 ) these guys are really tight, go 
straight for the gut. and are energetic as hell, plus their 
songs are catchy and bouncy as fuck, and not too slick. 
CHEMO TRECE play straightforward punk 
rock. They do BUZZCOCKS and REPLACEMENTS covers as 
well as cool, catchy originals. Both these bands can be 
reached at Chemo Studios, ( 520 ) -287-37 93. care of 
Acho Durazo. 

That's it. If you're ever in Southern AZ. visit 
Nogales. Go drink at B Salon Regis, the coolest bar in 
town. Eat at EI Oasis. And. be on the lookout for show 
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Greetings from Chicago, the city of pop punk, 
tribute bands and shitty metal....and why is that? Every 
other major city in the U.S. has spawned huge metal acts, 
why not Chicago? Anyway I'll start with my own band 
MK-ULTRA cuz I'm an egomaniac. Our new 7 inch "Melt" 
was released a few months ago and the 2nd pressing 
should be out by the time this is printed. To order that, 
send $3 to Martin at Lengua Armada Discos: 2340 W. 
24th St. Chicago. IL 60608. We arealso featured on the 



"Limited Options" comp, on Halfmast Records ( PO Box 
8344 Minneapolis, MN 55408-0344) and the 49th 
Parallel .comp (1325 Warrick Dr. Ashtabula. OH 
4 4 04 ). so look for those. We are currently trying to get 
some new songs together and put out a new release 
before the winter. We recently acquired a new drum- 
mer so we're a bit rusty. 

Speaking of Martin, LOS CRUDOS has a new 
full length LP out now. The U.S. pressing is on his label 
Lengua Armada. They recently added a new bassist to 
their line up. Upcoming releases for Lengua Armada 
include the CHARLES BRONSON LP. a CRUDOS discogra- 
phy and a 7 inch comp featuring: CHARLES BRONSON 
IN/HUMANITY. LOCUST, MK-ULTRA. EUCHARIST and 
more. 

CHARLES BRONSON is officially history. They 
played their last show on August 1 st. They will be missed 
by many and dismissed by many more. They have lots of 
splits out now as well as compilation songs that have just 
been released. So for any information regarding them 
write to Ebro at 133 Delcy DeKalb. IL 601 15. 

E)dINCTION is a newstraight edge metal core 
band fronted by Jim of Stormtrooper fanzine. Their 
new 7 inch will debut on Catalyst Records in a few 
months. Jim has moved so I no longer have his address. 
From what I hear RACE TRAITOR has re- 
corded a full length LP to be released this winter. They 
can be reached at 2321 N. California, Chicago. IL 
6064 7. DANGERMOUSE is a 

new speed core band from the area, they have a demo 
out and just released a split EP with PRETENTIOUS 
ASSHOLES. They can be reached at: Miguel/ 1550 Easy 
St. Elgin, IL 60123. PRETENTIOUS ASSHOLES play 
punishing grindcore. Last time I saw them they did an 
ANTHRAX cover. Crazy fucking kids. Write them: 429 
Circle Ave. Forest Park. IL 60130. Along with the split 
they are on the Possessed to Skate comp. on 625 
Records. CHARLES BRONSON is also on the compilation, 
MI LAI have a new 7 inch coming out on 
Lengua Armada, as well as two older 7 inches, they are . 
a great new band. Kind of artsy at times but then they 
thrash...awesome! Anyway, last I heard they were gonna 
break up soon. They also have limited copies of their 
demo tape. Contact Brian at PO Box 470650 Chicago 
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bers of MK-ULTRA, CHARLES BRONSON and 
DANGERMOUSE out called SOCIAL COMA. They don't 
play shows, but they have a 20 song demo recorded on 
4 track for $3. Send for it c/o 614 S. Cass Ave. Apt. 2N. 
Westmont, IL 60 5 59. They play fast dirty hardcore with 
chaotic high pitched screaming. 

The Fireside Bowl is still booking shows like 
mad. for booking call < 773 ) 486-2700 Weds-Sat. 4- 
6 pm. Make sure you call like 3 months in advance if 
possible. An apology to anyone that went to see the 
CHARLES BRONSON/MK-ULTRA summer tour that got 
canceled at the last minute. Unexpected things happen. 
Maybe next summer. 

I heard that NEMA has reformed and is now 
living here in Chicago but I'm not totally sure 

Finally the rumor of the month..! heard that 
NAKED RAYGUN is getting back together to cash in. 
Maybe Jeff Pezzati s plumbing job isn't going well I don't 
know. In any case John Haggerty will not be back in the 
band. He remains in PEGB0Y....why i don't know....I 
heard that RAYGUN are gonna release an LP with 4 new 
songs and a bunch of old shit Possibly on Dyslexic 
records? Remember this is just a rumor! 

That's it I guess. Write me at: KIRK MK-ULTRA 
PO Box 88902 Carol Stream. IL 60188-0902. There 
are like a million bands from Chicago now. I can't 
possibly report everything sorry. 




ROACH MOTEL one of Florida's all-time great- 
est bands, once sang, "I Hate The Sunshine State." Sure, 
we have our share of cranky, retired folks and rednecks, 
not to mention an abundance of child molesters and 
serial killers, but on the whole, I like Florida a lot. 

When bands like ROACH MOTEL RAT CAFETE- 
RIA. JEHOVAH'S SICKNESS. NO POLICY and FOUL EXIST- 
ENCE plodded across our swampy state, hardcore was 
new and exciting. Florida had a mighty scene then, but 
it was obscured by the shadows of bigger, more estab- 
lished scenes like San Francisco, Los Angeles and Wash- 
ington DC. When the aforementioned bands curled up 
and died, the Florida hardcore scene diminished to a 
mere specter of its former self. 

For a long time after that, Florida was a pretty 
sucky place for hardcore and punk rock. Gainesville 
turned into a hippie haven. Tampa, once home to RAT 
CAFETERIA and PAGAN FAITH, became known as the 
death metal capital of the world. South Florida was 
dominated by generic fourth generation straightedgers. 

But, I am happy to report that Florida is 
making a comeback and may indeed be at the cusp of 
another golden era. There's a lot of new faces out there, 
bringing new sounds and ideas. And. if you look hard 
enough, you can still spot some old faces. 

The biggest news in the state right now has got 
to be the opening of the club 403 Chaos in Tampa. 403 
Chaos is owned and run by a guy from ASSUCK and two 
friends. It is the Tampa-area's only DIY all-ages venue as 
well as a record store. Since the spring 1 997 opening, 
there have been three or four shows a week. In general. 



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403 gets good support, although some shows get more 
than others. The SPAZZ show in June was packed.yet the 
week before. ANTI-PRODUCT played to about ten people. 
Like anything else. 403 Chaos needs support to make it 
last. 

The only other place to see shows in Tampa is 
the Harbor Club. The Harbor Club is a restaurant and bar 
with a large, upstairs area that can be rented. Kelly, from 
8 7X pirate radio has put on a few shows there, including 
a great one with IN/HUMANITY. 

8 7X pirate radio (87.9FM) is still on the air. 
after two and a half years of threats and fines from the 
FCC. 87X has found volunteer legal representation to 
help them continue. The station plays all kinds of music 
and has featured many live guests, including David 
Duke, all in the name of free speech. 

M. Castro has decided to take a temporary 
break from doing the Vicious Interference show. 87X"s 
grind/crust/thrash/hardcore segment. Somebody plays 
really cool early punk like X, SOCIAL DISTORTION and 
THE AVENGERS on Sunday nights at around 8 pm. I don't 
know the DJ's name, but he has good taste. 87X has a 
small range, but Kelly says that should change very soon 
with the acquisition of new transmitting equipment. 
Send them your releases. They'll probably play them. 

Other noisemakers in the Tampa-area include 
THE END OF THE CENTURY PARTY and SCROTUM 
GRINDER. THE END OFTHE CENTURY PARTY is probably 
the state's best live band. When they're hot, they're really 
hot. B, the drummer, is great to watch and he hits those 
skins really hard. Guitarist Edwin Velez quotes liberally 
from the book of BLACK FLAG. And when the fast parts 
kick in. look out. 

SCROTUM GRINDER is as scary as their name 
The band includes the guitarist from FAILURE FACE 
playing drums and the bassist from ASSUCK With all 
that and an angry female vocalist, you knowyouYe in for 
a treat. Their debut release, a five-song 7", is out now on 
my label. Burrito Records. 

REVERSAL OF MAN and EARLY GRACE are 
metal-style straightedge bands from around Tampa. I 
think REVERSAL OF MAN toured part of the US recently. 
Both bands are pretty big draws in this area. 

Largo's COMBAT WOUNDED VETERAN is a 
band to look out for. Their self-released, self-titled, 1 3- 
song 7" blew me away! CWV falls into the powerviolence/ 
fastcore genre. I think the 7 " sounds like a faster, angrier 
version of BORN AGAINST. Check it out for yourself. CWV 
doesn't play out very often because the drummer lives 
in another state. 

Also from the Largo area is THE SCAMS, who 
I have yet to see. Supposedly, they play traditional street 
punk stuff. They've opened for Blanks 77 and a few 
other bands like that. 

EB.S is the band that wouldn't die. They 
started in the late 1980s, put out a 7" in 1991 and 
broke up. In 1 996. they reformed just to record for a 
split LP with FAILURE FACE Now they're back again, 
practicing, writing a lot of new songs and getting ready 
to record again. Love em or hate 'em. They don't give a 
fuck. 




Gainesville is the home of ASSHOLE PARADE 
and PALATKA ASSHOLE PARADE has been grabbing a lot 
of attention lately with their split 7 " with ANSOJUAN and 
the "Better Off Dead" 7". good records both. I finally got 
a chance to see ASSHOLE PARADE live. They are even 
more frenzied in person than on the turntable. I am 
reminded of SEPTIC DEATH. INFEST and STIKKY If you 
get an opportunity to see them live, don't miss out. They 
are touring in the summer of 1 9 9 7 with SUPPRESSIO N. 

PALATKA is named after a small hick town in 
Florida, Usually, if a band is named after a city, state or 
continent, you know they are going to suck. Think of 
Boston. Kansas and Europe. PALATKA made their vinyl 
debut on a split 7"s with Tampa's THE END OF THE 
CENTURY PARTY last year. The PALATKA tracks on that 
release left me unimpressed and struck me as thrash for 
the sake of thrash. But. the band has progressed a bit 
since then. The last time I saw them live. I liked them a 
lot more. Supposedly, a split 1 0" with ASSHOLE PARADE 
is in the works for a Dutch label. 

Miami's latest offering is THE DRUG CZARS 
with members of CHICKENHEAD. ROACH MOTEL and 
THE EAT. They have a 7" out on Star Crunch Records. I'm 
still waiting for Star Crunch to do THE EAT CD I heard 
about so long ago. 

That's about it for now. Thanks for reading. 
Bob Suren. 

CONTACTS: Asshole Parade and Palatka/Kurt Burja/PO 
Box 14223/Gainesville. FL 32604 

Assuck/Steve/305 W. Fern/Tampa. FL 
33604/(813) 239-9692 

Combat Wounded Veteran/PO Box 898 
Largo. FL 33779 

End Of The Century Party/Scott/ 
(813) 979-4680 

Reversal of Man/Jason Crittenden/809 Mar- 
garet Dr./Seffner. FL 33594 

Scrotum Grinder/Brian/ ( 813) 681-1982 

Bob Suren/PO Box 3024/Brandon. FL 
33509-3204/(813) 653-2550 

87X/Radio Free Tampa/PO Box 173426 
Tampa. FL 33672 

403 Chaos/403 W. Grand Central Ave. 
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Tour Friendly Neighborhood Infoshop 

By Chuck Mtinson 



If you ' ve been a big city punk at any time in the last decade, 
you've probably visited or at least heard of infoshops. Infoshops 
combine a social space* zine archive and library, meeting hall, 
day care center, concert venue and bookstore into one autono- 
mous space. They are usually promoted and organized by 
anarchist activists, but infoshop supporters and participants 
aren't necessarily all anarchists. Infoshops are rooted in the 
PIY (Do-It* Yourself) ethic- they are created by people who 
are interested in making the revolutionary process happen, 
not just sitting 
around and talk- 
ing about it 

Infoshops 
have been around for years and are generally thought to have 
originated in Europe, especially Germany were there were over 
60 at one time* They were nurtured by the squatting, autonomist 
punk, and anarchist movements. The infoshops in Europe, espe- 
cially Germany, functioned not only as community centers, but 
also as maildrops for groups which had been outlawed by the 
state. The European shops and autonomous centers inspired the 
creation of infoshops in North America, but it should be noted 
that there is a long tradition of radical community centers in the 
U.S. These are commonly known as peace and justice centers and 
have been the basis for leftist activist and community organizing. 
There have been, and still are, infoshops in justabout every 
big city in North America. They ' ve had some interesting names: 
Beehive Infoshop in Washington, D.C., Long Haul in Berkeley, 
Emma Center in Minneapolis, Croatan in Baltimore* Autono- 
mous Zone in Chicago, 404 Willis in Detroit, Who's Emma in 
Toronto, Epicenter in San Francisco, and many more. 

In the U.S., some infoshops are also known as alternative 
reading rooms or community media centers. In fact, infoshops 
have been described as "a cross between a radical bookstore and 
a movement archive^ You can find zine archives and book 
lending libraries in infoshops. This Ls a grass roots response to 
the fact that most public libraries that are either ignorant of 
radical literature and zines or deliberately exclude such materi- 
als from their shelves. Infoshops sell books, zines, and t-shirts, 
not just to support the community which wants these things, but 
also as a way to raise money to pay the infoshop's rent 

What happens at infoshops? Infoshops serve as commu- 
nity centers for the local activists, so youTI often find activist 
groups meeting there. Groups like the IWW, Earth First!, or the 
Lesbian Avengers might have their regular meetings at an 
infoshop. You'll also find projects like Food Not Bombs or Book 
to Prisoners who use an infoshop as a staging area. A FNB group 
may use the infoshop 's kitchen (if it has one) to prepare the day's 
food for the homeless and poor. Some infoshops provide office 
space for other groups or a darkroom for alternative journal- 
ists. They also have "women's space" which is an evening event 
held on a regular basis. 

If you want to get an alternative education, check your 
local infoshop's calendar for free educational classes. Infoshops 
frequently have "Free Skools," which are the 90s version of the 
'free university" concept which originated in the 60s. Anybody 
who feels like they know something about a particular subject, 
be it the Spanish Civil War or practical bicycle repair, can 
arrange with the infoshop for a day and a spot on the calendar 
to do some freelance teaching. Generally classes are non-hierar- 
chical and there are no tests, grades, or certificates. If the Skool 
ain't your thing, your local infoshop will have film nights or 
visiting lecturers. In the Atlantic region, the Atlantic Anarchist 
Circle has a speaker's bureau which makes arrangements for 
speakers to go on lecture tours. Several years ago the infoshop 



in Portland, Oregon arranged a speech by Noam 
Chomsky, which was pretty successful. 

Infoshops are very valuable as meeting 
spaces for activist groups. It can be difficult find- 
ing a meeting space for a radical group, especially 



a place that feels safe and 
isn't at the mercy of unsympa- 
thetic hosts. Meetings at an infoshop can also 
serve to fertilize the activist scene, with new 
groups sprouting from others. For example, some 
people who have been attending prisoner solidar- 
ity meetings may decide to start a new group 
dedicated to sending prisoners free books. Folks 
who are doing Food Not Bombs may decide to 
open a food co-op or even a community garden. 
Infoshops are important nodes for alterna- 
tive publishing. They provide an outlet for zine 
authors and small publishers to sell their cre- 
ations. Some shops have computers, printers, and 
other materials which are available for zine edi- 
tors and flyposter artists. The anarchist newspa- 
per Slingshot has been published by the Long 
Haul Infoshop in Berkeley, California for many 
years. The folks at the A Space in Philadelphia 
have recendy started publishing a zine called 
"defenestrator," which covers the local political 
scene. 

Urgent communications are also dissemi- 
nated at infoshops. News and emergency flyers 
can be posted on bulletin boards. The shop may 
have a phone tree that can be used to get the word 
out about a crisis, such as the police arrest of 
activists. If a shop has a computer and an Internet 
connection, it can receive or retrieve news items 
from activist web sites or mailing lists. It can also 
send out news, announcements, or emergency 
requests for aid. 

An infoshop is usually run by a collective 
and volunteers; there is no paid staff. Major 
decisions are made during regular meetings. 
Since infoshops are frequently staffed by anar- 
chists, there is a tendency to gravitate towards 
using consensus to decide things, although this is 
not always the case. Needless to say, it is impos- 
sible to find an infoshop "director" or "presi- 
dent" Some infoshops are membership-based, 
which is done to promote commitment to the 
p rojec t and to make sure that not just anybody off 
the street could come in and vote. 

The movement's social base is in the punk 
scene. This is probably due to the fact that 
infoshops are the kind of community space where 
punks feel at home, plus they provide either a 
punk concert venue or a place to promote the 
local scene. The shops also are usually the best 
local outlet for zines and in some towns they may 



be the best place to pick up the latest 7 inch. 

However, this reliance on the punk scene has its flip side. 
While punks infuse a lot of energy into a new infoshop, especially 
if they see it as being punk-oriented, punks are, by and large, 
transient youth. Like many young people, they have a wide 
range of interests and tend to move around a lot. They aren't 
settled members of the community so they may perceive that the 
project will carry on if they leave. An infoshop not grounded in 
the surrounding community, be it geographical or activist, will 
end up being just another punk clubhouse. There's nothing 
inherently wrong with having an infoshop that only serves a 
local punk subculture, it's just that the participants have to be 
open about that and need adopt an approach that reflects that 
reality. 

Infoshops can also be beset by other problems. Since the 
organizers are usually working class or middle class whites (and 
typically young), they usually don't have much cash (capital) 
and therefore have to settle for cheap storefronts in depressed 
areas of a city. The end result is an infoshop organized by white 
youth in a community they don't live in, usually populated by 
minorities. The subculture that patronizes the shop, be it punk, 
hippy, or radical, sticks out in contrast to the surrounding 
neighborhood. The neighborhood residents may perceive the 
infoshop as a beachhead in the gcntrification happening in that 
town. Sometimes an infoshop will be confused about its purpose 
or mission and may decide that it needs to "do things" for the 
local community. These programs may or may not be needed by 
the community. This isn't always the case for all infoshops- 
certainly many have had successful community programs-but it 
can be a complicating factor. The community residents may also 
resent the fact that most of the infoshop activists typically don't 
live in the community and can always go home to someplace 
nicer, somewhere else in town. 

The Beehive Infoshop, which used to exist in a storefront 
in downtown D.C, was situated in a gentrifying zone between a 
depressed Af rican-American community and a predominantly 
white, affluent gay yuppie neighborhood. The Beehive grew out 
of the local B.C. punk scene, which was young and mostly white. 
It experienced an identity crisis where it couldn't figure out if it 
was serving the local punk and anarchist movements, or the 
geographical community in which it was located. Several mem- 
bers of the Beehive collective tried to talk about the 
gentrification issue, but the infoshop dissolved before it was 
adequately resolved. One of the former Beehive collective mem- 
bers, Brad Sigal, wrote an excellent pamphlet about his experi- 
ence with Beehive and infoshops in general, titled "Demise of the 
Beehive Collective: lessons for the infoshop movement in North 
America." It should be required reading for anybody thinking 
about opening a new infoshop. 

The main problem that infoshops face is internal dissension 
and factions which are a result of a project whichincludes members 
with a wide range of goals, different lifestyles, and a collective that 
doesn't have a clearly defined mission. If an infoshop starts with 
mostly members from the local punk scene and grows to include 
other activists, lifestyle issues may come to the fore. Some collective 
members may not want a weekly series of loud concerts. Others 
may insist on vegan food at all functions. Some may not be 
interested in doing outreach to the local community. 

The Emma Center was an infoshop in Minneapolis, Min- 
nesota, that opened in 1992. It closed its doors in 1995. It was 
started by activists who were involved in the Twin Cities 
Anarchist Federation (an umbrella group) and some folks 
involved in the Powderhorn Food Co-op. The Emma Center 
was "a center for anarchist activities" and it had "books and 



magazines for sale, free clothes and food, free weekend child 
care, Women's and Queer Space nights, and frequent punk 
shows." (Kieran Frazier, The Blast!, 1995). The infoshop had 
the typical confusion about who it was trying to serve. Frazier 
noted that it "never made solid connections with neighborhood 
people, and never had a solid plan to do so." The Center also 
lost its base in the anarchist activist and punk communities 
when several of the members went off to work on other 
projects. The original vision of the Emma Center had been to 
'"tighten the anarchist community in the Twin Cities, serve as 
an educational information tool and network, and be able to 
provide certain services to the surrounding communities like 
child care, a food shelf, soup kitchen, a bookstore, a meeting 
place for anarchist organizing, and a place for accessible all- 
age gigs and events like art shows, theatre, and other types of 
performances." The Emma Center accomplished some of 
these goals, but it failed to become a long-term counter- 
institution, which is needed by a community* 

The infoshop movement peaked around 1995-1996. There 
was excitement in the air because there were several established 
infoshops and many new ones being opened. A "Counter-Institu- 
tions" conference was held in Detroit, mainly because of all the 
new interest in the infoshop concept, plus the need that existing 
infoshop had to network and share information with other shops. 
in the Fall of 1994, the movement spawned its own zine, called 
(Dis)Connection, which was devoted to movement networking, 
information exchange, creative musings, news dissemination, 
and advice sharing. Five Issues of the zine have been produced to 
date. The production of each issue rotated among infoshops. 

Around this time the movement also started its own orga- 
nizational network, known as the Network of Anarchist Collec- 
tives. NAC was an infoshop for infoshops. It had its own email 
listserv and helped coordinate activities among infoshops. In 
August of 1996, NAC and the A«Zone in Chicago put together 
Active Resistance '97, which brought over 700 activists to 
Chicago to talk about community organizing and to protest the 
Democratic National Convention, which was happening only 
blocks away. The existence of the A-Zone infoshop and its 
community of supporters was instrumental in pulling off this 
successful conference. 

In 1997 the North American infoshop movement is going 
through a period of self-reflection. There are some infoshops 
that are still going strong after at least 5 years, others are 
struggling, and many more have come and gone. The ones that 
remain in existence include Long Haul in Berkeley (opened its 
doors in 1979 as an activist center), A Space in Philadelphia, 
Lucy Parsons Center in Massachusetts, and Who's Emma in 
Toronto. Infoshops that have closed their doors in the last year 
include the 223 Center in Portland, Oregon. The Autonomous 
Zone infoshop in Chicago has closed its doors twice in the last 
year and moved several times. They are currently moving into 
a hew location. 

It's hard to tell what the future holds for the Infoshop 
movement in North America. The 1990s have seen some suc- 
cesses and some failures. Even the infoshops that existed for a 
short period of time had an impact on the activists that were 
involved. The experience gained during the last decade, be it 
good or bad or in between, should help activists and infoshop 
supporters avoid some basic mistakes and maybe clarify their 
vision. Infoshops can be an important resource to a community, 
but it's not easy creating a successful one. 

Contact Chuck at chuckO@geoeities.com. Part 2: Criticisms 
of the Infoshop Movement by James Mumm wilt appear in a 
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ENOUGH HERE REALLY. I MEAN THESE LAST 2 SHOWS 
HAVE BEEN THE LAST 2 SHOWS nil PLAYED HERE 
SINCE... WELL THERE'S A PARTY HERE AND THERE, 
BUT IT'S BEEN LIKE MONTHS BE- 
FORE WE PLAYEO A SHOW. 
MRR: ARE YOU GENERALLY HAPPY 
WITH THE WAY THE "GETAWAY" 
SINGLE TURNED OUT? 
MUNDY:YEAHIOIDN'T EXPECT ITTO 
BE LIKE THAT AT ALL. 
MATT: MORE THAN HAPPY. 
DON: WE LIKED THE RECEPTION 
THAT IT GOT, THE RECOROING WAS 
0K.BUTWEHADN0THINGTODOWITH 
THE INSERTS. THAT WAS ALL 
JASON'S. JASONISACOOL6UY AND 
ALL BUT HE DIDN'T SHOW US THE 
INSERTS. WE JUST GOT THEM WHEN 
WE GOT THE SINGLES. WE WISH WE 
WOULO'VEHAOALITTLEBITOFSAY 
WITH WHAT WENT IN. 
ARROW: WELL YOU TOLO HIM HE COULD DO WHATEVER 
HE WANTS. 

DON: WELL. I TOLO HIM TO 00 WHATEVER HE 
WANTED BUT I THOUGHT HE'D SEND US A 
COPY. I DON'T KNOW.. .FUCK IT. 
MRR: WHAT ARE SOME OF 
YOUR FUTURE 
PROJECTS? 




D N : 

NEXT THING IS 

PROBABLY THE 7" WITH 

REAL RECOROS IN ENGLAND AND 

MAYBE A SPLIT ON RERUN WITH LA DONNAS'" 

OR FUCK BOYS. PREFERABLY WITH THE FUCK BOfS. 

THEY'RE A RAO BAND FROM CALEXICO. 

MRR: ARE ALL OF YOU PRETTY MUCH INVOLVED IN THE 

SONG WRITING PROCESS? 

DON: ALL EXCEPT FOR MATT AND ARROW. 

ARROW: I TRY. 



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MRR: HOW OFTEN DO YOU PLAY? 

MAT1:W£ ONLY PLAYEO, VHAUWICETHIS MONTH, AND 
WE HAVEN'T PLAYEO SINCE. ..FUCK... 
DON: WELL. WE WENT ON THIS DRY SPELL n DION'T 
PLAY ANYWHERE. THEN PHOENIX, OH TWICE IN PHOE- 
NIX. AND ONCE IN LAKE HA VASU. WHICH SUCKS. LAKE 
HAVASU TOTALLY SUCKS! 

MATT: THE FUCKING RATTLESNAKE, FUCUHEY SUCK! 
THEY'RE A BUNCK OF UPTiGRT ASSHOLES. 
MRR: WHO WAS THE SKITTIEST BAND YOU'VE EVER 
PLAYEO WITH? 
ARROW: GUT1FI0DLE. 
*"D0N: NO. THERE'S A LOT OF SHITTIES. 
MUNOY: THERE'S A LOT OF SHITTY BANOS \'i'\i 
PLAYEO WITH SO... 

RYAN: ALL OF THE EMO BANOS WE'VE PLAYEO WITH. 
MRR: DID ANY OFTHEMOO ANYTHING SHITTY OR WAS IT 
JUST THAT THEY SUCKED MUSICALLY? 



PHOENIX? 

MATT: FUCK fEAH. 



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MATT: I'M JUST HAPPY TO BE HERE. 

MRR: WHAT CURRENT BANOS DO YOU LISTEN TO? 

MATT: THE STITCHES. 

DON:CHINESEMILL10NAIRES. 

MUNOY: STITCHES, US BOMBS. HUMPERS, ELECTRIC 

FRANKENSTEIN. 

DON: JAKKPOT, CANDY SNATCHERS. 

MUNDY: SPENT IDOLS. 

RYAN: REGISTRATORS. 

MRR: HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR NAME? 

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Palatka is a hardcore band from 
Gainesville, FL consisting of Ryan, 
Mike, Mark, Jason 
and Kurt Interview 
by Don. 

MRR: Why is it that, 
according to your lyric 
sheet, "everybody 
hates Palatka?" 
Mike: Ye ah, hardcore is 
all about focusing on the 
superficial, the super- 
fluous. 

MRR: How is Palatka 
trying to push apart 
from the superfluous 
and to force people to 
focus on what really 
matters? 

Mike:Last summer we 
started discussing the 
songs when we played, so 
it wasn't just driving from 
city to city and making 
the novelty noise and then 
driving away. And lyric 
sheets, something you 
can hold in your hand. 
Kurt:If you do hold these 
strong values and princi- 
ples and these alternate 
modes of functioning in 
society, you should be ex- 
pressing yourself to your 
immediate surroundings. 
MRR: Why not write 
songs that can be under- 
stood and which explain 
themselves? 

Mike: I think that to some 
extent the songs do explain 
themselves, but the way we 
deliver it — you never un- 
derstand the words. 
MRR: If the delivery de- 
fies explanation, then 
why do it? 

Mike: That's what we all 
listen to, that's what we all 
love. 

Ryan: It's what feels right 
what we all want to do. 
Kurt: Focused and poignant, at 
least to us — maybe not neces- 
sarily to anyone else. 
Mike: And also Kurt makes us 
play fast. 

MRR: Why do you play short 
songs? 

Kurt: The most that I could ever 
want to do is to hold someone's 
attention — I think it would be 
much more effective in some 
short, focused form- not long and drawn 
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Mark: It also says that it's more than just 
entertainment. 

Ryan: I think 
that goes for 
our recordings 
too — how all 
of us laugh at 
the idea of an 
LP. 

MRR: Why 
did you de- 
cide to record 
these songs on 
a seven inch? 
Jason: How much of a voice do 
you have if you just stay in town, 
or even if you just travel to a few 
obscure places or a few cities. 
You are actually putting these 
things to music, to lyrics-it's 
something you believe in. 
Kurt: Even if only a few people 
get a record, read the lyrics, lis- 
ten to it, and maybe get some- 
thing out of it, to some degree it 
legitimizes our efforts. It's such 
a gray area — if it was purely just 
message then why the fuck 
aren't we just going on speaking 
tours or why aren't we just pub- 
lishing. 

Mike: Well, you know, we all 
drive and are using petroleum, 
but we aren't using enough — so 
we wanted to use more petro- 
leum and make a 7 inch. And 
then make even more records! 
MRR: Does Palatka disman- 
tle what you would consider 
the most basic elements of a 
song? 

Mike: So you are saying that we 
destroy music. (laughs) 
Jason: I think if you listen to the 
songs, that we actually follow 
pretty traditional patterns. 
Mark: Itmightcomeoff like that 
because none of us are musi- 
c i a n s ; 




guitarist though. (laughs) 

Mark: I think that's why it might come off as 



something different — but it's just what we 
think sounds good to us, its fun and its what 
comes out of us. 
MRR: How did Palatka get started? 

Kurt: Well for me personally it was just an 
extension in becoming that much more par- 
ticipative in a local community of kids-and 
it sort of just coincided with us doing shows 
at our house- trying to draw lots of FL people 
together 

Mike: That was a big part of it. 
Kurt: For the first time there were groups of 
kids at shows that everybody knew that 
would be from St. Augustine, Daytona and 
from Tampa and from Orlando and from 
Gainesville or from Miami — and to have 
that would pretty much represent most of the 
communities in Florida that are doing stuff - 
I mean united, you know, but not in the 87 
sense of the term. 
Jason: A sense of community. 
Mike: What you were saying about bringing 
all the different cities into awareness of each 
other — especially in a Southern state— tra- 
ditionally sort of avoided because when 
bands go on tour they tend to, or they used to 
tend to avoid Florida because you have to go 
out of your way totally and I think we as the 
state of Florida have shown people that it's 
worth coming. 

Kurt: And that it doesn't even matter if 
bands from C A and NY want to come here or 
not because if they don't, there's a perfectly 
fine, functioning community of local SE 
hardcore bands. 

Mike: Which is getting bigger and more 
expansive and tighter. Like the End of the 
Century Party and Asshole Parade are — 
and not just because Eric(End of the Century 
Party) is here but for real — are two of the 
best bands in the country right now — 
Kurt: Also, there is a very large contingent of 
the most invigorated, spiritful, kickass kids 
in the world from Orlando — some of those 
kids are in a band called Robots Make Mis- 
takes. 

Mike: And a lot of those kids- it sounds like 
we're describing the perfect kids who just 
got into hardcore, but a lot of those kids have 
been around forever and they haven't lost 
any enthusiasm. 

Jason: Their interest has confirmed my in- 
terest. Getting back to the original question, 
This music was fresh, completely differ- 
ent — it kind of motivated me to get in- 
volved-I learned how to play bass when I 
was in Palatka. 

Ryan: It wasn't just the music either; it was 
the ideas, being introduced to different 
ideas, different ways of doing things — espe- 
cially in terms of music — and the ideas be- 
hind it/ 

MRR: Do you feel like Palatka is in a vein 
of a type of music? 
Jason: I think that we rip off tons of bands, 



but we just suck so bad at it that it comes out 
as something totally different 
MRR: Your style of playing forces the 
listener to reconsider the idea of a song. 
What are your ideas about the live band/ 
audience dynamic and pushing the audi- 
ence beyond rote response? 
Mike: Clapping is nothing but etiquette. 
Kurt: For me, the absolute ideal where you 
are completely eliminating band-audience 
difference would be for the songs to be 
explained and then responded to, or if not 
explained then lyric sheets passed out — it 
would be really rad if after a song someone 
in the audience who had something concrete 
and meaningful to say... 
Mike: If they meant it. 
Kurt: If they came up and they were like, 
"Yeah, that song about the cement plant in 
Gainesville threatening to just fill the air 
with carcinogens is just like what's hap- 
pening in...." — you know, someone voicing 
their take on the issue. I think that that 
would be ideal — but also I've been at 
shows where it's been not necessarily 
friendly, it's been extremely confronta- 
tional, but it's also... 
Mike: Refreshing. 

Kurt: Yeah-^it is what reinvigorates what- 
ever it is I'm involved in year after year. 
MRR: What's' up with the southeast emo 
violence shirts? 

Mike: This is a gang and I'm in it-my man 
Mark will fuck you up(see 7 inch split with 
end of the century party for the rest of 
lyrics).It' s just for fun, at the same time there 
is something behind it because we're proud 
that the Southeast has kids doing things in 
new ways. 

Kurt: It's also just our own retarded joke- oh 
fuckin power violence, macho. 
Mike: Emo violence-that's so stupid-emo is 
fuckin retarded — I think it's cool that we're 
exploiting both terms — 
Jason: It's ridiculous and it's kind of funny 
and I think it kind of fits our personality. 
Kurt: Because we play fast and we're brutal, 
but we're emotional about it.(laughs) 
Mike: We dress nice and are well educated, 
yet we play raging hardcore. (more laughs) 
Kurt: It also identifies potential hecklers. 
Mark: If you see an emoviolence shirt, run. 
MRR: How do you couple the idea of 
positive community with the idea of heck- 
ling? 

Mark: I think it does help a band-audience 
relationship where there is actually interac- 
tion more than just hands clapping, it's ac- 
tually someone saying something. You can 
respond and they can respond. 
Eric(from End of the Century Party)- 1 don't 
think its always a good thing though. 
Mike: It's not always a good thing. 
Eric: It can be a horrible thing. 
Mike: But at the same time, there are so 



many punk rock bands and so many 
touring and some bands, us in- 
cluded, who don't need to be 
playing music — that's one 
thing that needs to be kept 
alive- keeping the band in 
check and keeping the audi- 
ence in check- we' re not play- 
ing at malls. 

Mark: I think that if you really 
can't have a sense of humor 
about it, then you really 
shouldn't be playing punk 
rock shows. 

Kurt: Hopefully heckling 
disrupts any complacency. 
Mike: It can be totally shit- 
ty though. 

Kurt: There is like a differ- 
ence between like good hu- " 
mor and being vicious. 
MRR: How has being in a 
band helped you focus 
your beliefs? 
Ryan: The band is a vehicle 
that lets us travel, meet peo- 
ple that totally reaffirm us 
and all our beliefs-even 
meeting people who are 
close to my parents age that 
hold the ideals that I believe 
in. 

Kurt: It can be a shopping 
mall of punk rock, but there 
is definitely a community 
of people who are partici- 
pating in alternative forms 
of exchange and produc- 
tion; there are people fol- 
lowing a DIY ethic who 
are not participating in an 
insane consumer economy- 
people who do things not-for- 
profit. Even something as sim- 
ple as trading records. If you 
break that down on economic 
terms, you are bartering — you 
are no longer participating in an 
exchange of cash. These might 
be completely irrelevant 
distinctions, but I think 
that there is merit in- 
volved in people doing 
things not-for-profit, not 
competitively but coop- 
eratively-people that do 
punk rock stuff because it 
is what they believe in — 
people who are doing 
their best to make sure 
that hardcore isn't re- 
duced to a cultural move- 
ment based upon continu- MEl^] 
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bands I live as simply as possible, like not driving 
- a car, biking, recycling, 
and using as little water 
as possible. 

Mike: Don't flush the 
toilet after you piss. 
Kurt: All of those things 
when done on a commu- 
nity scale can make a 
meaningful and legiti- 
mate difference. America 
is the most consumptive 
culture that has ever exist- 
ed- a shift away from pri- 
vate automobile use and 
urban sprawl would go a 
hell of along way. 
Mike: From now on there's 
no reversing this problem; 
there's just dealing with it 
in the context we've creat- 
'ed. It seems that everyone 
has been shown that there 
is this one way to grow up 
•. and pursue your life and 
it's the accepted and ap- 
proved way and we all buy 
into it because it's the eas- 
iest thing. There are really 
brave people-not talking 
about us- really brave and 
intelligent people who find 
other ways to live, other ways 
that work for them. The ideal 
is taking each situation and 
person we encounter as a 
fresh example and not just 
saying "OK, what would 
mom/dad/family do at this 
point?" I think it's impor- 
tant for everyone to feel 
like they are making some 
sort of dent, and it is easy to 
make a dent in the punk 
rock world. But you must 
take that feeling of em- 
powerment and use it 
where it is really needed. 
Kurt: It's such a fine line 
between throwing your 
hands up and saying I per- 
j sonally will never be able 
' to effect any meaningful 
change versus beginning to 
think in terms of organizing 
communities of people 
which is probably the most 
effective action anyone can 
take. That is the daily battle 
that a lot of people fight. 
Mike:That's why we play 
short songs, (laughs) 
Contact Palatka c/0 Kurt 
and Mike, P.O. Box 14223, 
Gainesville, FL 32604 



The following purports to be an interview between \i 
Lecky is Ian Leek from Voorhees; Richard Claxton, 



Ronnie: So, what's your fascina- 
tion with stags - is it anything to do 
with your own sexuality? 

Russ: We just ripped off Laibach. 

Rich: We didn't, not really- Russell 

had nothing to do with it anyway. 

Lecky: It's a symbol of your virility. 

Rich: It's a good strong male symbol 

and we're a good strong male band. 

Ronnie: Guffaw, Guffaw 

Rich: Good imagery. 

Lecky: That's a boring question - 

why did everybody grow punk hair 

cuts and then go back to skin 

heads? 

Russ: I got told off at work for having 

a mohican , seriously - 1 got sick of it 

as well. 

Rich: Justin wanted dreads. 

Ronnie: So you're no longer a punk 

band. 

Rich: We never were. 

Russ; We're not a hardcore band 

either. 

Ronnie: So what are you? 

Rich: I want to be one of those nice 



lorhees, Stalingrad, and Armed With Anger Records. 
Russell Snell and Heather Allen are from Stalingrad; 
and Ronnie is Richard Corbridge from AWA Records. 



A Rope 

Russ: I think they're a joke band 
Rich... 

Rich: I think they're serious. 
Ronnie: What's happening with 
Vorhees new style? Why is it slow- 
er? 

Lecky: Because Michael drummed 
too fast, songs we wrote for the LP 
were never intended to be as fast 
as that. We wrote stuff then we 
rehearsed for a bit and then they 
ended up twice as fast as they 
should have been. Since Michael 
left after the tour we replaced him 
with Gareth. Gareth isn't as techni- 
cal or as fast as Michael, so it's 
more our sound now than it ever 
has been. 

Ronnie: A more original sound? 
Lecky: Yen. 

Lecky: We asked Michael to do 
huge fills on the LP and generally 
show off - he never did. 
Russ: I suppose you've got to find 
your feet again. 




bands like Deep Purple - they're 

good. 

Russ: Are we a punk band or a 

hardcore band - it doesn't mean 

anything any more, does it? 

Lecky: It's more to do with the 

scene that you're involved with than 

the style of music you play. 

Rich: In Bradford there isn't partic- 



Russ: It's pretty mixed together. 
We are not into playing to one 
group of people to the exclusion of 



Ronnie: That's similar to 
Voorhees isn't it? 

Lecky: Yes, I suppose - I don't feel 
that we appeal to any particular 
crowd. 

Russ: I think you do more than we 
do. 

Lecky: I think we are too punky for 
the hardcore kids and too hardcore 
for the punks - we're too middle of 
the road. 

Russ: We aren't good enough mu- 
sically - not that I'd want to be 
anyway. In the metal scene you're 
judged on technical ability, with 
punk and hardcore it shouldn't be 
about that. 

Rich: I think when some bands be- 
come technical they become quite 
dull. 

Lecky: That's like Decadence With- 
1Q 
Rich: You can play crap like Dog On 



Lecky: We've still got to find anoth- 
er guitar player cos one guitarist 
makes it sound weak. 
Rich: Is there a lot of pressure on 
Gareth because everybody saw 
Michael as the great god drum- 
mer? 

Lecky: There probably would be but 
Gareths been our friend for ages. 
We didn't want him to do everything 
that Michael did, we explained that 
to him when he joined. 
Ronnie: But people's expectations 
of Voorhees are of a fast band 
aren't they? 

Lecky: Yeh, but you can't live up to 
everything, can you. 
Rich: Do you think people will say 
you're not as good now? 
Lecky: Probably. 

Russ: I think you'd changed anyway. 
A few years ago I'd of probably been 
scared to go and see you for fear of 
having my head stomped on by big 
fat edgers. 

Lecky: We've go a reputation but 
it's not our fault, crazy people on 
tour. 

Rich: I think it's more fun that way 
than everybody patting each other 
on the backs and saying come on 
let's do mutually sound dancing to- 
gether, Respect for everybody. 
Russ: I don't know - people can go 
too fuckin' far when people are 
getting really hurt, who does it ex- 
clude? 
Rich: The weak small people - they 



shan't inherit the earth. 

3uss: That's fuckin' stupid - you can 

nave a good time without battering 

ie fuck out of people, but then 

i you go and see some bands 

and they're so busy policing the 

audience policing each other. We 

vent to see Hiatus and I was just 

3ughing my fuckin' head off - load of 

:s disco dancing, punk and 

ardcore is aggressive music like it 

not. We get called macho and 

ggressive because of what we 

. And a lot of people don't like us 

ecause of that - but that's what we 

) but I don't want to play to a bunch 

f people kicking the shit out of each 

ther. 

But it's not people starting on 
aople they don't know, it's just 
eople banging into their mates and 
;uff. 

uss: ft looks more violent than it is 
Dmetimes. 

scky: Before I actually did play in 
ant of a crowd that was kicking the 



for the guy and I really wanted to do 
some damage but then I had to let 
it go. 

Lecky; But it's hard to keep that 
anger when something happens. 
It's hard to keep it, it does die off. 
Ronnie: Surely you can direct that 
aggression and anger. 
Lecky: It's not anger, it's my fascina- 
tion with other people fighting. I 
Don't fight for no reason. I've only 
had one fight in the last two years 
and that was because someone hit 
my girlfriend. 
Rich: Where was that? 
Lecky: Rio's 

Rich: What happened? 
Lecky: Dragged him down some 
concrete steps and laid him out - 1 
came home and said Shit! I think I've 
just killed someone because his 
eyes were open but he wasn't mov- 
ing. 

Rich: Shit - have you seen him since. 
Lecky; Yeh, he's got a big scar on 
his face. Even gigs in this country 




shit out ^1 [^^^^ of each 
other I thought it 

would be really cool. We played in 
Slovinia, they were crazy - full on 
punches in the face and things and 
it was just scary - 1 was just waiting 
for them to turn on the band. 
Ronnie: Yeh, but your lyrics are 
like a soundtrack to a violent mov- 
ie. 

Rich: 'Violent attack'. 
Lecky: I can explain my lyrics but I 
can't explain the lyrics Shaun wrote 
even though I sing them. 
Russ: You go on a lot about revenge 
and stuff. 

Lecky: I don't think they're that bad, 
yeh we've got dumb songs like 'Who 
won' and Violent attack'. 
Ronnie: How serious are the lyr- 
ics? 

Lecky: [Titter) Oh, I don't know, I 
don't want to say 'Who Won 1 is just 
about me personally. If I see a fight 
I don't want to see it stopped until 
someone's beaten up. 
Rich: Guffaw, guffaw 
Lecky: But I don't like seeing people 
beat each other up. 
Russ: But having hatred for people 
eats you up. 

Lecky: I don't like fighting. 
Russ; In the last year I've had a lot 
of shit, being burgled and shit. I 
knew who did it but in the end I just 
had to say fuck it and fuck them and 
I had a bit of trouble in the club 
earlier in the year, we went looking 



that some people would say had 
violent dancing is nothing to what 
we witnessed in the States. 
Rich: Mik said the most violent gig 
he ever went to in this country was 
The Toy Dolls'. 
Large laughter 
Rich; Which is a bit weird 
Lecky: Yeh, seeing as though they 
are a fun band. 

Rich: People weren't even watching 
the band - they were just fighting - 1 
think it was in Glasgow though. 
Lecky: So, what's next with the 
label, Ronnie? 

Ronnie: The compilation LP which 
will be out next month I hope. I'm 
a bit starved financially in every 
respect. 

Lecky: What about new stuff? 
Ronnie: New Voorhees LP, Stalin- 
grad LP, possibly other things, 
we'll see what happens. 
Lecky: Do you think this is working? 
Ronnie: Let's talk about Bradford. 
Lecky: Hand's up who likes Sned. 
Russ: Why do we all live in Brad- 
ford? - Why did everyone move 
here? 

Lecky: I moved here because the 
1in12 club is here. 
Russ: That's why I stay here. 
Rich: That's why I moved here. 
Lecky: It's not the sole reason but 
it's probably the main reason. 
There's a lot more going on in 
Bradford than there is in the North 
East. It's getting better up there. 



Ronnie: Bradford's always singled out as 
having a really big scene - in reality it's a 
small handful of people who are active. 

Lecky: It looks like it's a big scene here 
because a lot of people travel here to see 
bands because they know it's going to be 
a good gig at the 1 in 1 2 because it's got 
a good reputation. 

Ronnie: There are a lot of things centred 
around the 1 in 12. 

Russ: The club has a big profile in Brad- 
ford, I don't know a lot of people down the 
1 in 12 from Bradford. 
Ronnie: I am. 
Russ: Who else? 

Lecky: Gary Cavanagh. Don't you think 
Gary looks like that guy off In't milk brilliant!' 
Ronnie: Bradford is quite a poor area, it 
can be a crap place to live. 
Russ: Listen kids! Don't move here! 
Ronnie: Bradford is just like any other 
city. 

Heather: Don't you think it's easy to live in 
Bradford as regards the dole and that you 
don't get much hassle.? 
Lecky: Yen, I don't get hassled at all. When 
I lived in Durham I go hassled all the time. 
I can turn up here two days late and they 
don't even say anything. 
Russ: It's changing though. 
Ronnie: Rents are cheap. 
Russ: People see it as a poor suburb of 
Leeds. When I first moved here the Leeds 
lot were really snobby about Bradford, now 



into this scene. 

Lecky: You go to Cambridge and every- 
one there's really going when you play. 
Russ: It frightens me that because of 
the club I can still be involved. 
Rich: Southampton's old - they're all 
about 30. 
Lecky: Yeh. 

Ronnie: There's not much fresh 
young blood in Bradford is there. 
Russ: We get new kids at the gigs but 
they're not involved as yet. 
Lecky: There's two kinds of kids in 
Bradford - there's the kind that will go 
to the club and there's the kind that 
won't go anywhere near it but they go 
to Rio - because the club's got a 
reputation for being really punk. A lot of 
kids that are getting into hardcore 
from metal don't associate hardcore 
with punk rock. They think its come 
from the metal scene -but s not their 
fault, Kerrang and other metal maga- 
zines portray it all as being a heavy 
metal thing. 

Russ: A lot of hardcore is a sub division 
of heavy metal, it's really sad. Some of 
the bands like Above All and bands that 
just want to get signed to Road Runner 
you never hear from them again, they 
don't play the scene. 
Lecky: They buy their way on to a major 
label tour. That happened with Under- 
stand they signed to a major label 



they all live here. 

Ronnie: Because Bradford's a poor area, 
it's easier to get grants and stuff from 
the Arts council to set places up. 

Russ: The club wouldn't get a grant nowa- 
days, it takes a lot of hard work. 
Heather: You sometimes are made to feel 
like you're missing out because you don't 
live in Leeds but when you go to Leeds you 
just don't fit in. We live in Bradford be- 
cause we're different. There's people 
round this table with lots of different inter- 
est but we're all active members of the 1 
in 12, the common link being that we at! 
have dysfunctional mental health prob- 
lems. 

Lecky: There are more loons in Bradford 
than anywhere else, I'm sure of that. 
Heather: You talk to people down the club. 
They're all quite different but they've gener- 
ally got an underlying mental health prob- 
lem. 

Rich: There's a lot of people with withered 
limbs in Bradford. 

Lecky: A lot of people talk to themselves in 
Bradford. 

Russ: The club attracts a lot of arseholes. 
Cheap heroin. 

Ronnie: There's a constant turnover of 
people in Bradford, you get the die hards 
who remain here. 

Lecky: They're either die hards or no- 
hopers. 

Ronnie: Lost souls 
Russ: I'm nearly 30 
Lecky: I'm 27. 
Rich: I'm 23. 
Russ: I find it quite frightening that I'm still 




Russ: The converse of that are people 
who are just content to play to the 
same old audience a. A lot of punk 
bands are like that. The traditional 
English punk rock scene is so stuck up 
its own arse. I went to a gig about a 
month ago and people were so sad 
they were still living in 1982 or '81, 
they didn't get it. They live in the past. 
A lot of the punk scene is really conser- 
vative and the hardcore scene -they're 
frightened to do anything different, 
they just want to form bands and copy 
what other people are doing - it's bor- 
ing. Some bands write really anarcho 
lyrics but don't do fuck all when it 
comes down to it, they sit around 
wasting their fucking lives doing noth- 
ing, getting pissed. I'm a politically 
aware individual but I don't go on road 
protests. 

Lecky: I'm not opposed to building 
roads though, nothing lives in Bingley 
bog except road protesters, anyway 
the by-pass will just cut down conges- 
tion and pollution. 

Ronnie: It's going through an area of 
outstanding beauty. 
Lecky: It's not beautiful, it's got cars 
dumped in it and loads of rubbish. If you 
try to drive through Bingley during the 
day it's down to 5 mph. 
Ronnie: Yes, that's because there 
are too many cars. 
Rich: Yeh and the problem with that is 
there's too many people, people piss 
around saying stop building roads but 
the true solution is to cleanse the world 




humans and cars, is that so you can drive 
your car and you won't crash into any- 
thing? 

Rich: Yen. Back to this thing about politi- 
cally aware lyrics, most bands don't be- 
lieve it, they just do it because they think 
that's what you're supposed to do. It's 
trying to look cool in front of your mates 
but using politics instead of clothes and 
shoes. 

Ronnie: It's ?? The hardcore scene guilty 
of that. 

Rich: The hardcore scene is no better 
than any other scene - people are hypo- 
crites. The worst thing about the hardcore 
scene is pretending they care. The thing 
with the towny scene is they drink and 
work and don't have pretensions about 
their life style -they think they're revolution- 
aries because they own a Doom LP. It's 
bollocks! Fuck you and fuck your fucking 
patches on your back, spastics! 
Large laughter 

Rich: There's no humour in the hardcore 
scene, it's become so serious and so 
stuck up its own fucking arse. 
Russ: I don't think it has, I think it was - 
there's humour and there's humour. 
Rich: You're not allowed to make any 
dodgy jokes, not allowed to do this, not 
allowed to do that. 

Russ: You can do what you fucking like. 
Rich: I do do what I like. 



piss - it's just taking the piss out of how 
uptight everybody is. 

Rich: The people who complain aboutthings 
like cunt are the most inactive. It's unbeliev- 
able the only time these people combat 
sexism is when they go up to someone and 
say 'you, I know you're sexist but don't be 
sexist when are you gonna get real'. 
Heather: What's your definition of inactive? 
Rich: Like me, I don't do fuck all but I don't 
do care. 

Lecky: The only active anti-fascist that I 
know is Righty from Unborn because he 
goes out and fights with people from Com- 
bat 18. He never fucking talks about it 
though. That is being active. I've got anti 
racist lyrics but I've never actively gone out 
and beat up a racist. 

Rich: I think there's a difference - racism 
and fascism always get lumped together 
but there's a complete difference. 
Russ: I live in Manningham and I don't like 
the fucking Islamic extremists that I have to 
fucking live with. I don't like it when my 
girlfriend gets spat at in the street. Does 
that make me a racist? 
Lecky: No, because you're hating people for 
their actions, you're not hating them for 
their colour. 

Russ: As soon as I say anything I know it's 
going to be turned into a race thing. If I say 
fuck off you cunt I will be accused of being 
a racist. It worries me though sometimes 




Russ: You get loads of shit for it. 

Rich: Exactly 

Russ: Why should you be racist and sex- 

st? - it's stupid. • 

Rich: Am I ? 

Russ: I don't know, are you? Nick Royles 

sits around making dodgy jokes and he 

thinks it's funny. 

Lecky: It depends what company you're in. 

Heather: It shouldn't have to matter what 

company you're in, if you're true to your 

beliefs it shouldn't affect the way you talk 

to people - but I know it does. 

Russ: People have said that to me and I 

have said fuck off, people down the club 

said I was sexist for saying cunt, I said I can 

say what I want, you shouldn't be listening. 

They want to meet people who are really 

fucking sexist. 

Rich: But they haven't ever met them 

because they're so safe in their scene. 

Russ: I agree with that. 

Lecky: Nick Royles got accused of being 

sexist for spraying cunt on the wall next to 

the 1 in 1 2. 

Rich: Why did he do that. 

Large laughter 

Lecky: Because he though it would look 

offensive. 

Russ: He painted Unborn on the club thing 

and put a big dick on top of it - 1 had to paint 

it out. 

Rich: It was a badly drawn dick as well 

which was the worst of it. 

Ronnie: In Belgium Nick painted Unborn 

Nazis - White Power or something like 

that. 

Lecky: People can't see that it's taking the 



because I can't do it - that's white guilt isn't 

it. 

Ronnie: In Bradford there isn't a lot of 

racial integration. 

Lecky: The amount of Asian people in Brad- 
ford you'd think there would be more people 
involved in the scene. 
Ronnie: It's a cultural thing. 
Russ: They don't need to be rebellious. 
Rich: They are rebellious, they sit in Ford 
Escorts smoking dope. 
Russ: Yeh, smoking dope and doing crack. 
Heather: Let's just make wild generalisa- 
tions. 

Ronnie: There's racism in Bradford to- 
wards white people. 

Lecky: I find that amusing though. I've had 
people shout things at me loads of times by 
Asian guys. 

Heather: It's not a threat to you because 
you're of the majority. It's belittling the 
minority saying "it's quite funny - I'm not 
threatened by racist comments." 
Lecky: I've had people shout white bastard 
at me - white bastard just sounds ridicu- 
lous. 

Ronnie: A lot of Asian youth spit at the 
floor right at your feet, that happens to 
me all the time, it's like a superiority thing. 
Lecky: Yeh, I've never noticed that. 
Rich: That doesn't bother me because I 
generally end up spitting all over myself. 
Lecky: Let's get away from that now - why do 
you always stand on the floor instead of the 
stage when you play live? 
Ronnie: And shout in people's faces? 
Rich: I don't 
Ronnie: Yes you do. 



Rich: I don't know, it's funnier for me. The 
reason I'm in a band for my own enjoyment. 
Being on stage is fair enough, I enjoyed it 
then it got boring -there's no particularly big 
reason - it's just at one gig it just happened 
and I enjoyed the feeling of it. 
Ronnie: It's a power thing isn't it -confron- 
tational. 

Heather: See, the thing is if Rich: is walking 
down the street and he saw someone he 
didn't like because he's a small weasel boy 
he would be incapable of hitting them. 
Whereas on stage, he can actually shout in 
their face. 

Rich: Weasel boy weasel boy 
Heather: Because they're not going to do 
anything to you because they'd get jumped 
on by other people whereas in the street 
you'd be a non-entity wouldn't you little petal. 
Rich: Yeh. 

Ronnie: On the stage you've got the pow- 
er, you've got the microphone. You're just 
a power freak. 

Rich: Once I've got the microphone every- 
body looks at me, I'm centre of attention 
nothing can actually happen to me because 
I'm safe behind the microphone, whereas if 
I did do that without the mic I would get hit, 
actually I don't because I have done it 
without the mic and I didn't get hit. 
Lecky: You whispered in Jason's ear, "I'm 
going to maim you". 
High pitched squeaking from Rich 



Ronnie: I think a lot of people who write 
fanzines or run record labels are in it for 
their own egos. 

Rich: Of course they are. 

Lecky: Are you? 

Ronnie: No, because I get uncomfortable 

with that- that's one thing I don't like. 

Russ: You must enjoy it - it shouldn't be a 
fucking martyr trip, look at me, look at how 
hard I work. I've heard that from people. All 
those people like Dig and Hammy, they've 
made rather large amounts of money out 
of what they were doing - their whole 
justification is "well I've served my time and 
worked really hard - 1 deserve this", and it's 
like fuck off, you get that a lot, you get it 
down the club you get people parping on 
about how much they've done. People who 
moan are the sort of people of people who 
moan about doing the dishes at home - 1 do 
stuff down the club, I might moan a bit 
about it but I do actually enjoy what I do. I 
only do it because I enjoy it and if I don't 
fucking enjoy it then I'm not going to do it. 
Ronnie: I get really uncomfortable when 
people single me out. 
Lecky: I noticed that when we were in the 
States and I'd point you out to people and 
say that's Richard - he does 'Armed with 
Anger.' 

Rich: Did all these little kids come 
up screaming "I want to touch you, I want 
to touch you". 



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Lecky: Why? 

Rich: I don't think I did, I think I was singing 
"Vienna" by Ultravox, I might have done. 
Russ: You get people saying you shouldn't 
be in a band because of your ego. I love 
getting up there. I don't like being on a 
stage, I prefer to be on the floor. Having a 
guitar in your hand and a 100 watt amp 
behind you is like 

Rich: A big huge cock in your hand - it's 
getting ready to shoot it's load. 
Ronnie: I think a lot of people in the scene 
are just doing it for their own egos. 
Russ: It's power - when you get that feeling 
there's nothing like it. You play shit and it's 
awful but when you play well it's really fucking 
good. I realty get a kick out of it. 
Rich: I don't see any other reason for being 
in the band. 

Lecky: I was totally exhilerated when we' 
played in Leeds with Shelter because there 
was a lot of people there and people were 
getting really into us. I was in my element. 
Rich: You get the control feeling in Belgium 
- if I didn't bother and just stood there then 
the crowd would have been bored but be- 
cause I was fucking wound up I could get 
them excited. It was just amazing, perform- 
ing, that's it - a performance. 
Lecky: Do you find it's easier when your 
irritated or annoyed. 
Rich: No. 
Lecky: No? 

Rich: It used to be better when I was in a bad 
mood but now it doesn't bother me. 
Lecky: I prefer to be angry, because of the 
style of the music. The way I shout it's easier 
when I'm angry. 



Lecky: You looked like you really want 
cringe and hide. 

Ronnie: Because that was the case you 
know. 

Russ: I was talking to Bri out of Doom. He 
was saying he really hates when people 
recognise him and only come to talk to him 
because he's in a band, he hates it. I 
fucking hate people who wouldn't normally 
give you the time of day but come up to talk 
just because you're in a band. 
Lecky: People think you're more interest- 
ing because you're in a band. Nobody 
knows anything about you if you're just a 
person in the street and people know of the 
band. 

Russ: People think it makes you something 
special. 

Lecky: No, it doesn't make you something 
special. It just makes you more interesting 
to them, they're bound to want to talk to 
you more than if you were just someone on 
the street. 

Rich: I see people in bands that I want to 
speak to because I'm interested in what 
they've done but then when I have actually 
met them usually they're quite dull. 
Ronnie: I don't think people treat you the 
same way though. 
Russ: There's a definite hierarchy. 
Ronnie: Yeh I know, I don't like that. 
Bands and shit - there's people who work 
harder - bands have an easy time of it I 
think. 

Lecky: Yeh, usually you don't get people 
going up to talk to fanzine editors because 
they do a fanzine. 
Russ: There are fanzine editors who are 




well known like Vique, Jane who 
used to do Shag Stamp used to get 
loads of people coming up to her 
because of her zine but then a lot of 
fanzines are shit. 

Lecky: Those zines are good zines. 
I'm not into 'Simba' as a fanzine but 
when I've read it it's a well put 
together zine and I could see how it 
would be really interesting to some 
people like the same with 'How We 
Rock.' Some people would find that 
really boring because the news sec- 
tion is so fucking big and the review 
section is so fucking big - it's overkill 
in some ways. 

Rich: I thinkthat's what people want 
to see more though isn't it. I used to 
buy fanzines and just go to the 
review section. 

Ronnie: I feel that people don't 
treat me the same way as they 
would do if I didn't do what I do. A 
normal human being, I don't like 
that. 

Rich: Is there anybody in bands that 
you think are the bees knees? If you 
met them would you want to speak 
to them? 

Ronnie: Not in bands because I 
think most bands are just full of 
shit, I don't think they have any- 
thing to say. 

Russ: I meet a lot of people out of 
bands. Most people I've met have 
been ok. There's been a few fucking 
exceptions; doing PA work you do 
get to meet them: I have to talk to 
them. Some bands treat you like a 
piece of shit and won't talk to you. 
Most of the people I've met are 
pretty cool, they don't know I'm in a 
band, they just think I'm the PA guy. 
Ronnie: People have expectations 
of you like totally different from 
reality. 

Rich: When I met Whitehouse 
when I put them on at the club I 
didn't want to actually talk to them 
I because I didn't want to seem like 
some nerdy person going 'Wow, 
you're in Whitehouse.' 
Russ: There were people doing that 
though weren't there. People were 
ringing up and saying, "can I meet 
them?" 

Rich: Some bloke wrote a letter 
saying I want to meet Whitehouse 
so I had to go up and ask them and 
they went 'no' so I had to go back 
and say no so he asked if he could 
have an autograph so I had to go 
back and ask if he could have an 
autograph, I didn't want to do it. I 
was interested in asking about their 
history of stuff like this but I didn't 
want to go up so I didn't really talk to 
them so I talked to them in a func- 
tional way like, "here's the stage, 
here's the equipment, yeh I'll help 
you set up this," but I didn't get to 
ask them what was the band like. 
Ronnie: I suppose if you compare 
the hardcore scene to the indus- 
trial scene it does have a different 
feeling, it's no where near as bad, 



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people are more real I think. 

Rich: Yeh. 

Lecky: There's just as many people 
in the hardcore scene who would 
like to go and ask for autographs 
but it's different because it's 
laughed at so they won't do it. 
Russ: People have made a myth 
about us that we are fucking psy- 
chopaths or something, that be- 
cause we play the way we do that 
we're really evil bastards, I don't 
think I am; I don't know about Rich: . 
Rich: Anyway back to the global 
genocide. 

Ronnie: People create expecta- 
tions. 

Russ: "Oh Stalingrad, they're really 
hard." 

Ronnie: That's like Voorhees, 
they're always seen as being really 
hard band. 

lich: It's an image thing. You could 
spend a lifetime creating it - I re- 
member reading an interview with 
Iron 



ing how young the scene is - the first 
show we played there were kids 
who looked like 12, 13 and there 
was a lot of them, not just one or 
two, and a lot of kids in their early 
teens, it seemed like the average 
age was 15 as opposed to here, 
where it would be about 19. 
Ronnie: Older than that, about 
23. 

Lecky: It's a very young scene, it 
seems like people lose interest at a 
much earlier age, the only people 
around who are pretty old are in 
lands. 

Rich: So you didn't get any old 
people at the gigs. 
Lecky: Oh, we got some but not as 
many as here. It's a totally different 
age group, you could just imagine all 
the kids going to school the next day 
and talking about the gig the night 
before. It's strange, it was totally 
different to Europe. 



Continued... 

Heather: Those are the things the 
kids all want to know. 
Ronnie: What's your favourite 
band? 

Rich: My favourite band is, at the 
moment Merzbow 
Lecky: My favourite band's Ignite at 
the moment. 

Ronnie: Let's talk about your tour; 
why did you get loads of shit from 
'Muff potter'? 

Rich: I can't remember- 1 thinkyou'd 
have to ask someone out of Under- 
class about that one. 
Ronnie: It was because you 
abused them. 
Rich: I never touched them. 
Ronnie: Verbally. 
Russ: They didn't like us and we 
didn't like them. I got up in the 
morning and was stomping around 
saying "get up and explain the graf- 
fiti in the toilets that you wrote 
about us," but they won't, I told the 
guy who organised the gig what I 



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side, 
they 
seemed 
to be 
trying 
to be 
as of- 
fensive 
as pos- 
s i b I e 
and it 
seemed 
like 
they 
were 
playing 
up to 
their 

image of being offensive as possible 
and it seemed as though they were 
trying at it and they weren't actually 
showing their own true selves, and 
sometimes think maybe Stalingrad 
should live up to our image and be 
moody and not do interviews. 
Heather: But it all ties in with the 
power thing - there is always going 
to be young kids out there who 
aren't in a band or are aspiring to be 
in a band and think that you're god's 
gift. They think you're the bees' 
knees - you can either play up to it- 
or you can wind it down. You can 
choose to do both-. 
Russ: People think he's stupid. 
Rich: But I am, I didn't get any A 
levels or GCSE's. 
Girl brings back sugar bowl 
Rich: Excellent. 
onnie: You're like a horse, you 
at sugar cubes. 

o, you toured America. What 
as it like? 

.ecky: It was big, we saw lots of 
ther bands and lots op people that 
e'd never seen before. 
onnie: The American scene is 
uite different from the European 
cene. 
ecky: Yeh, it's younger, it's amaz- 






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back? 

Lecky: This is getting really dull. 
Rich: What's your favourite posses- 
sion, Ronnie? 

Ronnie: My mountain bike. 
Heather: God, are you really mate- 
rialistic then? 



ment. 

Rich: Is your computer broken? 
Ronnie: No, my mountain bike, it's 
not feeling well. 

Lecky: Why your mountain bike? 
Ronnie: I don't know, far™™ 
love it. 

Lecky: What's your favourite pos- 
session, Russ? 

Russ: My favourite possession is 
my guitar. 

Lecky: Is that that lovely Gordon 
Smith one you've got? 
Russ: It certainly is - it's something 
that if I lost I'd be really pissed off - 
it's something I've become quite 

attached tO PmnHnnallw 

Rich: What'L , 

Lecky: What's the colour of your 

eyes? 



though of them, he agreed with me. 
Rich: I think they were very moralis- 
tic. 

Russ: I think they were very drunk. 
The singer had drunk a bottle of 
Jagurmeister. 

Rich: I think they were part of the 
whinge whinge let's make the world 
a better place brigade. 
Russ: I don't think they were, I think 
you were being really abusive. 
Rich: My mother didn't love me at 
an early age, I've got a lot of insecu- 
rities. 

Lecky: We had a good time in 
Europe but we didn't make any 
money, we lost loads. 
Rich: Do you know how much mon- 
ey Doom made. They paid the driver 
in full, they paid for the petrol, each 
of the 5 members of the band got 
£200 and they also had £600 left 
for the band fund. 
Russ: They got loads of chicks as 
well. 

Rich: They had this French girl fol- 
lowing them around trying to shag 
them. 

Russ: So did we. 

Rich: No, we didn't - oh yeh, so we 
did. 
Large laughter 



This interview was done by Laurent for 
L'Oreille Cassee (Broken Ear) during the win- 
ter at Emile's Sgjjat in Rouen, after the gig. 
Despite a temperature close to degrees and 
only 10 people in the audience, the concert 
was full of energy, showing that this band 
from the Paris suburbs is one of the best 
French bands right now. Approximative 
translation bv Le Bouffon. 



MRR: Who's who? 

Thomas plays drums, Denis is the guitarist and 
sings. Tof plays bass and Philippe guitar. We all 
sing except Tof who tried but he's trauma- 
tized since. 

MRR: Could you tell us about "Don't Drink And 
FuclT? 

Denis and me were at the Arapaho to see 
Victims Family and we wanted to write a 
straight edge song, because at that time, I 
didn't smoke nor drink and I listened to a lot 
of straight edge bands. And something like 
that can happen.. 
MRR: Is It something you lived? 



a machine and you are forced to select.. It's 
really hard to live off it anyway. 
Tof: The best band around here right now is 
Burning Heads, we know them well. They live in 
a little village near Orleans, they always had a 
budget life, they are almost the only ones who 
live off it and it's still difficult. In Paris it's 
impossible to survive in doing only what we do. 
If we decide to do like Burning Heads, we'll have 



to move away from the city. Anyway, there's no 
way to live off the music in France. With the 
current skatecore wave, we are at the right 
place at the right time and even in these con- 
ditions, we can't make a living out of it. 
Denis: The problem is that we are invaded by 
the Americans or the Swedish. They have a 
powerful promotion machine to back them up, 
they play big gigs, target a really young audi- 
ence, some kids who are used to pay expensive 
tickets and don't count. 

Tof: Anyway, the American bands don't seem to 
live well either, if you except Bad Religion, 
NoFX etc„ 2 years ago the US, No Use For A 



frighten the kids so the majors started to put 
money in it... 

Tof: You add the skate phenomena.- I've seen an 
ad the other day in a magazine, there's a band 
called 911 who offers a skate if you buy their 
record. Where are we going? Even if I was a 
skater I wouldn't understand something like 
this. Its a nonsense. We have been always linked 
to skate without reallv skatina. except Tho- 



mas. 

Thomas: I arrived to alternative music through 
skate board. Suicidal Tendencies first and then 
directly to punk rock. 

Denis: It's obvious, they try to sell some prod- 
ucts through the music. But you quickly find 
out that the skaters don't come to the gigs 
more than the others. For me this revival is just 
artificial and it won't last. The more I hear some 
punk rock on tv and the less I feel like listening 
to some. Some people are gonna hear it and 
really go for it but most of them won't see 
what's under, behind the music. It's a music that 
you have to see in its globality. one has to 




Yeah, and It can happen again. 2 years ago 
when we wrote this one, it didn't make us 
laugh really but now it's fun 
MRR: Clink was first a gig association but now 
you plan to put* out a compilation? 
Thomas. Last year We got really into making a 
record. We booked a few gigs, it's fun but it's 
difficult in Paris. We are 5 who are making 
sound engineer studies so we were pleased to 
work on a real recording. It's gonna 
be a compilation with only covers of I 
DDT cause we think it's a great band. I 
It will gather Keneda. Upstairs Peo-I 
pie, Two Left Hands and Nothing I 



MRR: You said that music is leisure.. 
Tof : We consider that it's like a hob- 
by because we all have obligations 
like jobs or school that take more 
time even if we don't like them But 
we can't put the music in front, it's 
the same for tours, we cant play 
several days, we are limited to the 



Name was playing in a little pub in front of 5 

people. I've seen the Adolescents with a 10 

people audience. 

MRR: You opened for soma bio bands. 

The biggest one was with Millencolin and Chi- 

nadrum There was the usual audience with a lot 

of skaters, it's not what we prefer, we better 

like to play with Tomy or Seven Hate and have 

fun 



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Denis- Within a year or two, we'll be I 
able to decide if we really step into ' 
it. We'd like to spend more time on It but we 
can't right now. We don't want to do the 
things half way either. If we put out a record, 
we want to be able to follow up With a tour. 
MRR: Do you think it's compatible to have a 
life of music? 

Tof: The best way to keep integrity with this 
kind of music is to do like US: take it as a leisure 
and have a real job on the side. Because If you 
stop everything to live of it, you become 
rotten, you won't accept to play with condi- 
tions like this evening. Some American bands 
tfould have refused to play for 2 people. Or 



they'd have been cold. We have a friend in 

Germany who booked a gig for the Voodoo 
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there was no heat, although the place was 

packed. Some bands that We like a lot became 

crazy. 

Denis: When you live off the music, it becomes 

a job. you need some people to find the gigs, 

some others to put out the records, it becomes 



MRR: What kind of stuff do you listen 
to? 

Tof: 3 years ago, we were in a NoFX trip. Now 
when I see them playing in France, they ask the 
booker to rent a golf course for them. No 
bullshit, we know the guy well. It's nonsense, 
they are totally rotten 

Denis: It hurts because they've been a reference 
for us for years. It's depressing. Because of that 
we became more selective toward melodic HC 
We are still listening to some good old punk 
rock because it comes from the guts and it's fun 
to plav. And we like to listen to some bands who 



aren't around anymore, like that we have no 
risk to be disappointed. 

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and it was a must, we would have refused to 
open for them, we'd have been ashamed, they 
are killers. The old tracks as well as the ones 
from the last record, it's perfect 
Denis: Nirvana and Green Day played on the 
radio and their saturated auitars didn't 



understand what it means, what it stood for in 
the past and how it evolved. Most of the people 
don't see that. They just get the business level, 
this doesn't interest me. 

Tof: Sometimes, we tell the audience that we're 
gonna do a cover of NoFX or an old Millencolin 
and instead we play a Dag Nasty or one of our 
songs, everybody jumps everywhere. We'd have 
said nothing, none would have moved. It's psy- 
chologic. 3/4 of the skaters don't see 
the difference anyway. Millencolin's 
audience is 15 year old. they jump even 
With no music, they're crazy, that's 



»eniS: nor a is a Pig pana tnat piays 
big gigs. I'm not concerned anymore. I 
have tons of records from big bands 
because of the quality of their music. 
You need to know who you go to see. if 
they do it for passion or for the mon- 
ey, after it's up to you to make your 
decision and to be clear with yourself] 
I can go to see Metallica. and even) 



>nougn i don t liKe tneir attitude. 1 11 

Fo for the music. In my head it's clear, 
don't see their human dimension. It's 
the contrary with the punk bands, 
cause here you can be touched by their human 
dimension, there's nothing weird With their 
attitude. As long as some labels will put some 
money in some bands, they will change of status, 
you have some degrees, you have some bands 
who are in-between. When you play in a band, 
you have to make a decision, you have to know 
what you want to do. Burning Heads surprise me 
because they chose a more or less professional 
way but I can't really blame them because they 
stay aside of it, they are a good example for us. 
They do it the professional Wav but thev are 



still like some kids, they keep their distance 
and they don't give a shit. I'd like to keep then 



ike to keep the 



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Hating from Pes Moines, Iowa (not ex- 
actly known as a hotbed of aggressive tonova- 
live music), Squidboy play punk the only way 
they know how their own way. Lucky form, 
too. What really turned me on fo them was the 
' i energy and genuine unpretentiousness 
nes through on tmr foil length OP ton 
. . heCPJikethebandisintelligent, witty, 
beer soaked and intense. Interview by kian 

* Squidboy is: Tim - guitar, vocals. We - 
vocals, guitar, Craig - drums Jeff - bass. You 
can reach Squidboy at mo University *L Pes 
Moines JA Wll 

MRR: t£ we'll start with something easy. 
Whtfs with the name? 
Tim: Thaf s not easy. If s just what we all 
happened to agree on. 

Eric: We could make something up if you'd like, 
(laughs) 

Tim: Actually, we found out that it was biker 
slang for someone who can't ride. They're called 
"squidboys". There's also a comic book with that 
name. 

Jeff: And an obscure Crispin (Hover movie (called 
"Rohan and Ed") that has a movie within the 
movie named "Colonial Squidboy". 
Eric: These things just kept popping up after we 
decided on the name. 

MRR: You tend to mix a lot of styles together 
in your music. What sort of reaction do vou get 
from people at your average show? Roes it 
throw people off? 

Tim: Yeah, well I think it throws people some- 
times. They'll be into a couple songs, then be like 
"Now what the hell are they doing?". So some- 
times we get a lot of standing and staring. 
Sometimes people mosh, but the i>est response 
has definitely been in our hometown. Our 
friends all throw beer on m (laughter), and 
throw things like tables and chairs up on stage. 






MRU- What was the most memorable thing 
that happened on tour? 

T m: All the great friends we met. Oh, and being 
chased by hicks in West Virginia. See, we were 
there and decided to leave the show because 
there was nowhere for ^ to stay, We drove for 
a whik then decided to get a hotel room. 
MRU' §o when do the hillbiUys come into the 
picture? 

Tim: It's kind of a long story. It took forever to 
find a hotel that wasn't booked for some 
reason, and this is in total hillbilly country. 



lot. 



chasing 



parking 



Eric: We thought they were going to fight. 
Tim: Yeah, but I guess they were both just 
hammered, and one was trying to get the other 




not to drive. They chased each other right into 

our path, then stopped. We didn't want to get 

involved because we figured there might be 

gunplay or something. Anyhow, they just ran 

off in to the mountains, and we went ttie other 

way. This was at a hotel that we found out was 

full. So, we drove off onto this one lane road 

trying to find a vacant motel when this truck 

pulls up next to \ji with these two guys inside 

who are yelling at us and spHtina on our van. 

They chased us for quite awhile. So it was at 

that point that we decided to get the hell out of 

West Virginia...Oh, and on the way out we 

passed a cop who had pulled over the same two 

drunk auys from that notel (laughs). 

Eric: I almost got beat up in Indiana, on our first 

day of tour. 

Tim: Yeah, he hit this guys' rearview mirror 

with the van door. 

Eric: The guy said he was going to tear my 

motherfuckin' head off! He didn't though. 

MRR: So, How-d you hook up with Allied? 

Tim: I sent him a tape, like a year before and he 

couldn't do anything with it, but then I sent him 

some of what we were recording of the album 

and he wrote back interested. 

MRR: Rid you have to deal with contracts or 

anything? 

Tim: No, he said he's )t\mr done that. 

Jeff: He's really cool like that. 

MRR: You've been around for a few years now, 

Tim: Five years, actually. m 

MRR: Wow, five years. What keeps you going 

on nights when you have to deal with rednecks, 

peopIewhoJustsweManklyatyouasyoupiay, 

etc? 

Jeff: We just love what we're doing. 

Tim: Yean, there's no big secret. We|ust enjoy 

it, and have no big rock star aspirations. If s a 

labor of love. • m , 

MRR: I was curious what a couple of the songs 

were inspired by. How about "Slurr"? 

Tim: That's a good question. When I write a 

song, if s usually more about a mood. I don't even 

know where it's going till it is done. That's when 

I figure out what it is about. 



MRR: So, somewhat stream of consciousness? 
Tim: Yean, I like leaving the lyrics vague, so that 
people can put in their own meanings. Some- 
times I'll get the idea for a song from a story. I 
won't telfit in the form of a story, but from the 

Kint of view of someone in the midst of it. 
RR: And the song "lmpotenT? 




like, (in a hick drawl) "What the hell is he doing? 
Is he some kind of homo or something". It was 
hilarious! 

MRU: If you could play a show wfth any band 
past or present who would it be? 
AD: Oh M, ..just one band? 
Tim: I know one I'd mention would be the Clash. 
I saw them once, of course that was a long time 
ago. 

MRU* Pamn, how old are you? 
Tim: 34. 

MRR; And I thought I was getting old. 
Tim: (lauqhs) Ana I'm not even the oldest! We 
are all old dudes. 

Eric: I'd like to play with the Pead Kennedysjust 
so I could see fhem. 

Tim: We all really like them for some reason. 
If s one of the only bands that we all agree on. 
We like a wide variety of stuff, not just rock. 
MRR: Which brings up my next question. Po you 
igs livejike that atmospheric thing 



do many things live lift 
at the end of the CP? 



Tim: Yeah, I wrote the lyrics to that one, too. I 

can tell you what that one is about. If s about 

powerlessness. How the powers-that-be rob 

people of their dignity. 

MJut' Hence the title. Makes sense. I got a sort 

of wage slavery thing out of it. 

Tim: Yeah, it could T>e about that, 

basically a political song... 

Eric: That you can set to any context. 

MRR: If you could do the soundtrack to a movie, 

what sort of movie would ft be? 

Eric: A Sci-fi thriller! (laughter) 

r im: All I know is tt wouldn't be a big hollywood 

eature. Thaf s all I know. 

eff: "Rivers Edge". 

im: I suppose something gritty, with real people 
in it, but with a surreal edge, because thaf s how 
we are. 

MRU- What sort of mischief would you be in if 
vou weren't doing the band? ■ u 

Tim: Probably much the same as now. We all 
have day jobs... I mean we could try and say 
something cool, like we'd be in jail or dead or 
something, but thaf s not true. 
MRR: What was the last thing to give you 
chills? 

Eric: The Jim Jarmasch movie "Read Man". 
MRR: tood call. I just rented that the other 
night and thought ft was qreat. m _ 
Tim: I read a book called "Waiting For The 
barbarians" that was really good. It was set in 
South Africa a long time ago. It dealt with this 
guy that had an outpost there, and also colonial- 
ism, and the hypocrisy of being outside a system 
that is so corrupt, but you can t really be outside 
it. Cool book. 

Eric: The book that gave me chills was "Johnny 
fret Your $wi" by Palton Trombo. 
Tim: Oh, so you must love that Metallica video! 
(of "One", for the uninitiated) 
Eric: I love that book. It was the first book to 
really move me. I'm not a real bookworm type 
of guy, I can't sit around discussing the merits of 
different authors. 

Tim: Sure you are. He reads a lot on tour. I 
remember being at some redneck bar some- 
where, and there he is, sitting at the bar reading 
a book. The bartender just kept looking at him 



Jeff: We used to do more experimental feedback 
type things live, butwesort of streamlined itout 
of our shows. 

Tim: Wejust incorporated them into our songs. 
We didn t want to be too self indulgent. There's 
nothing wrong with doing whatever you want 
live buf just making noise for 10 minutes is pure 
bullshit, (laughs) 

MRR: So, what are your dayjobs? 
Eric: I work on computers for an insurance 
agency. 

MRR: tto they know you're a punk bastard? 
Eric: I don't think they want to know about it. 
Put, if s funny, sometimes there will be a little 
blurb about us in the local newspaper, and they'll 
say they saw me or something, 
too. If s Tim: I teach guitar lessons. That is the only job 
' have ever had. I started when I was 16. 



MRR: Enjoy it? 

Tim: Yean, if s pretty rewarding although it 

can be occasionally frustrating. It s a helluva lot 

better than a real job. 

Jeff: I don'treally havea job. I do freelance work 

for a book company. 

Eric: Craig is going to school to be a paramedic. 

Tim: That is where he is right now, at the 

hospital. The first day he was there he had to do 

CPK on some guy who was having a heart 

attack! 




MRR: Urn, is that really common practice? 

Tim; Well, they basically said that the guy is 
already pretty much gone, so why don't you give 
it a go. tto your best, (laughter) So, Craig'fl be 
good to have along if we are ever in wreck. 



They have no political grammar; they don'tj 

iven know what Nazism or Mein Kampf rea|-ially existed back in the old days, died, then 
ly are. I mean, I have some friends in thoselcame back with communist motifs, appeal-] 



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jpRi so w)iaP& the hgtofl jp 
| band? 

P: well, it was back in '95 when a 
[bunch of us got together, none of us could 
| really play.. _^ _ 

jvlRRi Like mosf pimk bands! 

P: Yeah..well we finally got something 
[like an album up, called "Wanderers' ' 
| (Gulyayushchle Lyudi) 

Z: Basically it was recorded on your 
| average grade school tape recorder.. 

P: And we didn't even have a drummer; 
I just a synthesizer. So that didn't get too 
[far. At that time I managed to get out of 
[serving in the army by going into the nut 
I house for # 
vhile; you 
[might think! 
that's' 
strange but 
better in then 
| than in , the] 
[Russian ArmylNI 
iThen this gu; 
Ishows up [poke: 
Izuil and b 
[spring of *%| 
■we got ourLra i.k^sa 4 
[drummer, Gants, and did our first serious 
[recording for the compilation '"Punk 
(Revolution I" TPank Revolyutsia I", 19%: 
[Korporatsia Tyazhyolovo Roka) 

Z: And the sound sucked ! 

"WIRRi so doe^KTR recoitfe have bad 
[equpnient w ^methin^ 

Z^ Well, we were required to record the 
Isqngs ourselves out of our own pockets, so 
[naturally we chose a cheap Moscow stu- 
|dio... ^_ ^ 

IviRK it spirit like record's, tough 
lover here, 

Z: That's exactly the case if you don't 
[have big money to lay down, anyways the 
[kind that punks definitely don't have, espe- 
cially considering that we don't get any- 
thing from shows. We ourselves had to pay 
[$100 to get those two songs recorded. 

MRR; SlOb — that 5 s, 2 da^' wp«k in 
|the Us but over here that 3 % y^iaf? 

Z: Well for me, where I work in a mili- 
tary factory, that's 10 days labor. 
IvIRR: Nothing from sfaw£? 
Z: Nope. Our debut was in Dec. 95 at 
|the club Fort Ross, and we had to pay to 
play, again something like $100. 
MRR; The other day I tried to find 
at place but jug found jpme storey 
ere; nobody knewj anVWncjL 

Z: Probably closed. It's no big loss to us 

it was too far away (no one has cars) 

and^ whenever KTR put on a show there, 

always bought cheap security, i.e. 



ughead skins 

fIRR; jkiriheacfc, Ve*,Wha_t do 
think abouF thziTls^Wj gfe, pf fliem ; 
fast «& last wpeki Veiling '"W^ 
Powpif!' 1 and m^cing^Naa isrtutes^ 
guff, yet rip ©he at all raged a void 
agang it 

Z: Who wants to mess with musclehe; 
clones? They're mostly young kids, 15-16, 
who band together and don't even think. 
You don't want to get in a fight *cuz 
throw one punch and five come back at you.l 



I with this job assembling rockets, whicft^usJ 
barely keeps me alive. Getting my own apt! 
or raising a family is totally out of th 
question. _ __ 

jvlW? By the wgy, whafs .up wjth 

[band (^Z^fiwsK^A 0B0 N* (tr.l 
*xM defence' 1 )? Theyjpem to have aj 

(npem cassettes, ei^fMiere in s)Btes| 
wffli a^rchy-sigris arid other fwnkyl 
ginift'ckS; wh'ch realW surprised me 7h| 

[a cpunfilH»ere hardly any bands, ever] 

[make it to Stores/ 

Z: Yes, they're very popular. They actu 



alert; ear tron? 



(VOCalS) and Zlll (bass) Questions by .Red Nick, 



ircles — not the ones who go beating peo- 
jle up or anything — but none of that's for 
ne. Punk is punk and doesn't have a place 
for that shit. A lot of them are former 
punks, disillusioned, lured by that power 
thing. 

P: The ones that came to that show did- 
l't come to see us or PURGEN, but YOZHI 



>ne of the older brothers, a skin, plays for sake of description, we play fast, 



them. But they tend to have a sheepish 
espect for the older punks in their 20s, 

Z: Right. See, most of the punks here tend 
to cluster around that pre-army stage, 15 or 
so. Then they go into the army (which is 
mandatory) and their brains just get wiped. 

mean they come outta there and join the 
Game: drive fancy cars with their sports 
shirts wide open showing their chains- 
oecome big macho pricks we call r 'byki' 1 (tr. 

bulls"), get into the Big Money hunt; oth- 



rs get into drugs, or get married right away action. Case in point: PIG BASTARDS. 



nd pulled into family life. SO to make it to 
:0 and still remain punk, you have to some- 
iow avoid all that. 

P: Not like our former bassist! 

Z: In this country there's no conception of 



ing to the masses, dumping all the ideaisi 
they stood for earlier. To me that's like! 
suicide for a band; they're already dead in| 
my opinion. No energy. 

IViRRi 'Back jo feu jjuys, wfat main I 
influences, can ypu point to in yourj 
music?" 

Z: We play our own stuff! Just for thel 



punk, in the spirit of THE EXPLOITED. Bulj 
we're still a young band, still experiments 
with what we like. 

jvlRK What do you mosfly sing about" 

P: That which bothers us! 

Z: Emotions, nihilism... 

P: We have one song, for example, calle 
'Rutaforia," where I sing about how a lot] 
of bands just spew out the same old cratf 
about revolution and anarchy but don'fl 
really think about it, aren't truly ready for] 



Z: I mean they're our friends and evrfy4 
thing, I don't mean to put 'em down, but! 
seriously they don't sing from their ownl 
feelings. They write songs like Taxi 
Police'^Nalogovaya Politsiya) about prob-j 



laving a normal job and making enough to lems they really aren't interested in. 



ive on. Either you get into some criminal 



:ollege and you can't find a job anywhere — 

got out of a technical vocational school 

3nd couldn'f find sjjit Somehow I ended up 



fIRR .[reading the spng,..] Anarchy I 



)ig-money scheme, or... I mean you finish Qgf£ Ap»cH( Chafe ^pttd^wtiF 



^country 7 Evil ha§ ripwjiere to turn, I 
ft wanders 7 Oh v^at can I do, wfiatl 
can I " 
Z: You see it's just childish rebellion crap.| 



[The music is pretty primitive too, like late 
1 70s British punk, Discharge, stuff like that 

P: Boring! 

2: So that's what pisses us off the mos 
[—the insincerity^ 

flRRi Well how many bantfe aie teaV- 
|W free 0i that here? 

Z: Hard to say — in St. Petersburg 
| there's new bands, but I don't know them 

MRR: And in Moscow? 
t >: You got PURGEN, SATAN CLAUS... 



[hardly ever practice; but when they did they 
[were good, had interesting things to say. 

MRR; so wp'te talk/rig 5? 4? 

P: 3! 



Z: Of course there's a lot of groups that really hate that 



■you can't know about because they just play 
■in their friends' basements, never record^ 
[etc. Who knows how many of those there 
(are. 

P: Like IZGOY used to be 

Z: Just after that compilation clubs start- j 
led to let us play; did shows with PURGENJ 
[who are pretty well known, so that's howl 
Lpeople have come to know us. At least 
iMoscow. _ 

iviRR; tfpv^ many clufe _are there 
play /ri Jv^scg^? 

Z: 3, no more than that. 

P: R-Club, Kalypso, ... 

Z: Alright, maybe only 2, but how man 
I do you need? The important thing is that] 
[there's some where to play. R-Club is the 
I cheapest. If you find 15-20 people to buy 
I tickets, they'll let you play. Other places] 
[want 30,40.. and the alcohol's more expen- 



Z: Well it's not that the clubs are agains 
us or. anything. It's just that the economic 
situation in Russia can't support the bands 
The clubs don't want to lose out s6 they'n 
almost forced into doing what they do. 

P: But better that way than be liki 
CHETYRE TARAKANA 

Z: Yeah, you know they moved right 
kissed some ass, got to play with TO> 
DOLLS, AU " (Avtomaticheskiyt 

UdovletvoritePnyye: early 80s St. Petersburg 



Z: Yeah but the guitar is leaving, they band, sound like the Sex Pistols); totally sole 



old. A lot of the older groups tend to ge 
into that rock-star image: at home or on th< 
street they're one person, on stage they'n 
completely different, putting on a show. 



P: We're the same whether we're sittin* 
at home or playing on stage! I don't ev< 
bother changing my shirt... 

Z: I don't know what to call it; it's n 
punk what they do. They work on the pi 
pie, they're not really concerned for them a 
all. 

P: It's kinda like that MONGOL CHUDAN. 

flRR:, 



people just don't understand. In the coun 
tryside it's bad; there've been plenty o% 
unpleasant in dents with country folk. Th 
have no con tion of nonconformity. 

MRR; I don't gather the cities, are tpc 
great e/ther -- wpsrVt there spme spu 
of [nvas/on of Moscow a wfiAe back P 7l 

Z: You're thinking of that suburb 
Lyubertsi. They organized and came up onel 
night to a concert in Moscow and beat thel 
fuck out of everyone. Tons of people got] 
really hurt. . 

MRR; tfowt many of them wen 
there? 

Z: Geez, a lot! 50, I don't know 

P: Lyuber - Uber Alles ! 

MRR; Any wri-JoS- wfth the Mafia? 

Z: No, not really. We exist outside of it| 
I mean, they know about us, but so what! 
A lot of them in their youth were punk^ 
too. But they live in their own world 
shoot each other, knife each other. 

MRR: Any final words to the 
e<§? 

Z: Hmm..l don't know who's reading this! 



\\ 




port Ross had skinheads for their security. 
Dnce we showed up late with our instru- 



cts and the dumb skin there just gave us spirit of Makhno, 1920s civil war, that kind 



his look: rr Well, so??' 1 What the hell could 
ve say standing there with our instruments? 
The idiot wouldn't believe we were a band 
^intil the club owner came out and let us 
fn! R-C!ub is a lot better. Other clubs 
demand a ticket sale of at least $100; I 
nean that's money up front before a single 
picket is sold. If no one comes then too bad, 
ve lose the money. 



)S can at leasf break even usually. 



The combination's successful, but not really 
to my taste. Pure anarchistic songs, in the 



f stuff. Empty words. 

P: You can listen to it once, and then 
lhat's it. 

iviRR; Do they gill play? 

P: Yeah, somewhere out there; they make 
t to prestigious clubs. 
MRR; \4qWj doe§ spejety here react to 

m? 

Z: Nowadays it's really hard to explain 
IviRR; Thaf S. unheard of! Bancfe fri the ourselves to the average person. You know, 



H those years of socialist indoctrination, 



P: No no — we'll say this: Unite, don't 
limit yourself. Check out Russian punk. I 
myself listen to bands from England, 
Germany, Estonia, America.. .even though l| 
don't know the words. 

Z: From the music itself you get energy, I 
although for me the lyrics are important! 
too. 

P: By the way, we'll probably be getting) 
an album out this fall. 

MRR; For conespondence, tape trad- 1 
/ng, etc, wfiafs your address? 

P: Russia 109377, Moscow, Akademika | 
Skryabina, Dom 3 Korpus 3 Kv 1, Lunkovu | 
Aleksandru 



The Beltones, from fantas- 
tic Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 
are a meat and potatoes punk 
rock band. They consist of Bill 
McFadden-singer, songwri ter, 
guitar and foreskin, Rob Ses- 
sions-guitar and good looks, 
Kevin Crook- drums and bit- 
terness, and Chris 
War-bass t and 
approaching 
senility. 
This t in- 

terview * 

was done «* 
by Jessica 
S c h r a m 
over the 
phone on a 
few nights in 



Bill and 
Kevin 
present. 
MRR: What < 
bands have 
you been in 
and why were 
you kicked out? m * 

Kevin: Shithouse f - 

Bowlers, and I 
was kicked out .-, 
cause I could nev- 
er find the shows. 
BiH: I don't want to talk about it, 
it hurts too much. Well I was in 
Los Canadians with Bill Florio 
(for one show) and I had the time 
of my life. 

MRR: Everywhere I go, people 
ask me why you guys haven't 
toured. What happened to your 
van? 

Bill: Well Rob bought it and ev- 
erything, and we had Brad fix it 
up for free. Rob got a ticket 
cause he bought the van and he 
didn't have a tag or anything 
for it yet. He put his car tag on 
it and he got arrested. He left 
the van on the highway, with his 
guitar and everything, and well 
it's gone now. He went to jail and 
everything. It was totally ridic- 
ulous, he went to fucking jail. 
MRR: Now you can do your Prison 
Bound 1 * album. 

Bill: (singing) "Tell my girl 111 be 
back in an hour, I'm hoping cell 
bound." Did I ever tell you about 
the time I went to jail, real jail 
not child jail? 

MRR: No, I didn't know you went to 
jail. 

Bill: Yeah, just once I used to 
work at this place, and these 
guys that were cooking there, 
were like, "let's do something 



after work, will you take us 
around in your van?'' And 1 kinda 
wanted to do something, but they 
are like, ya know regular, 
Johnson, dork people, but they 
said they would pay for the gas, 
so.they wanted me to drive down 
to Ft. Lauderdale, which we did. 
Ya know they thought going 
down there would be like spring 
break, but it wasn't, there was 
nothing to do. We left and 1 saw 
this "Bagelmania" delivery 
truck. One time, a long time ago, 
my friend Jack woke me " 
early one morning tapping vu 
my window, "let's go eat break- 
fast." r 
shop u^ 

but they weren't open y. 

and there were all these 

bags of bagels outside. 

,f And we're like w ^™*> k=> /■*<=; 

of bagels". W< 

. ► bags of 1 

some creamuin 
then went around 
Boca, throwing ba- 
gels at early morn- 
ing joggers. So any-_ 
way, I saw the Bageimania 
truck and figured I'd relive the 
experience. So we stole these 
bagels in this hotel complex. We 
were drunk, looking for bagels 
all over the place, wandering 
around. And this on-site securi- 
ty guy comes running out 
screaming, "hey you bastards". 
He calls the cops, I knew I was 
getting nailed for this. So I told 
the guys to take back the ba- 



gels and run. I thought they took 
all the bagels, but they left two 
bags in my car. They thought we 
were stealing things, and I was 
like "no we were just looking to 
get some breakfast." They would 
have given me a citation, but 



tney had to clll* 
drove me up to this place, "Gun 
Club," it's like a stockade or 
something, and there were two 
homeless guys, some miscella- 
neous jerkoffs, and a whole lot 
of DUI yuppies, screaming "I 
don't belong here." I was all 
drunk, I just passed out on the 
floor. 

MRR: That's bad-ass Bill, 

going to jail on a 

bagel con- 

vic tion. 

You didn't 

^\ . even get 

one bagel, 

did you? 

Bill: No, no. 

MRR: There's 

that whole 

street punk/ 

' oi wave going 

F on right now, 

but you're not 

exactly street 

- punk, what are 

* - i you? 

Bill: We're just a 
fucking punk 
rgck band, 1 don't 
know, musically is that what you 
mean? Weil 1 definitely ripped 
off, or attempted to rip off the 
Jake Burns singing thing from 
listening to it (Stiff Little Fin- 
gers) way too much and liking it 
way too much. That definitely 
happens, 1 wouldn't try to fool 
anyone into thinking otherwise 



art. 

ill: No, the fact that people 
would even think that just 
proves that they are shitbags. 
^hey are coming from som^ 
w^ird land or something c^ llc - 
well first of all I &or\'t r« 
sing like him, and I dc 
be associated with that of 
course, cause it's total c 
which goes without saying, 
mean, I'm definite " 
people that thmKs me one 

-"icord has good guitr- 
uiums and shit, but it wao . 
was telling Mark (TKO), it's like 
you can't like Screwdriver, you 
can't listen to them because 
most of their music sucks, the 
later stuff. It sucks, the lyrics 
and all. But if you like a band, 
and you listen to them you * 
singing along, it happ~~ 
can't drive around in me car 
singing along, "hail the new 



give you some instant bad kar- 
ma type thing and youTL crash 
into a telephone pole. 
I just don't have that 
Ian Stuart thing at all, 
I just don't have that 
kind of voice. It's a fat 
guy..<grunting>, ya 
know, closer to Motor- 
head than me. 
MRR: You're just a pret- 
ty boy. 

Bill: Yeah, I'm not fat. I 
go jogging every day. I 
live by the beach. I 
surf, I water-ski. 
Chicks like it, when I 
tan. 

MRR: Yeah girls love 
that beat red sun burn 
thing with you red 
hair. So any good Bel- 
tone stories? 
Bill: Yeah that time we played up 
in Atlanta. (10 minutes into sto- 
ry). Behind the house we were 
staying at, there was this forest 
with this cliff at the end that 
just dropped with train tracks 
down at the bottom it was really 
steep. And fucking Rob grabs a 
hold of some vine hanging off a 
tree, and swings across the 
fucking thing. I turn around 
and I look back and he's swing- 
ing over this ravine, <jungle 
sounds>. You just imagine the top 
of the vine unraveling, waiting 
for Rob to just die dreadfully, in 
a twisted wreck at the bottom of 
the tram tracks. But he got to 
the other side unscathed. So the 
next morning I wake up after 
drinking all night, and like all 
these people had flown in for 
the show. Rob's in the corner 
playing cards with like 9 joints 
in front of him and four beers, 
and. his eyes were half shut with 
this determined look on his 
face. I was like H Rob, shouldn't 
you go to .sleep?". He's like, 
yeah and just passes out. He's 
a fucking machine. 
MRR: Let's get into Kevin's driv- 
ing habits, since they are more 
interesting than your band. 
Bill: Ten her about those home- 
boys you ran over in Boca. 
Kevin; Which ones, from the oth- 
er night? Oh I came flying 
around the corner, and there 
were these homeboys coming 
out of McDonald's and I almost 
ran them down. They were ask- 
ing for it, being in the road and 
all. Or did you wanna know 
about the ones with the kids on 



the bike that I tried to kill in 

Cpral Springs? 

Bill: What about the one where 




that guy chased you all the way 
to the cop station. 
Kevin: These kids were walking 
their dog or whatever and they 
wouldn't get out of the fucking 
road, so like, I went around them. 
And they said some shit like, 
That s what I thought pussy." So 




I whipped the car around and 
chased them up their lawn. And 
their dad started chasing me in 
his car. We drove around all 
over the place. I drove over 
some medians. And I drove him 
all the way to the police station. 
He was pissed. 

MRR: So what car are you driving 
these days? 

Kevin: Camaro. '69, no floor. It's 
got a hood. 

MRR: Does it have seats this time? 
Kevin: Yeah it has a few, I usual- 
ly don t have seats, cause then I 
don t have to give girls a ride 



home. 

MRR: What's it like being white 

trash? 

Bill: Kevin, I don't 
know, are you more 
white trash or is 
Chris? I mean Rob is 
definitely more white 
trash than all of us. 
Kevin: I'm not fucking 
white trash man. 
Bill: You're fucking 
white trash. 
Kevin: How am I white 
trash? 

MRR: You drive a car 
that doesn't have a 
floor, it's a Camaro 
Kevin. 

Bill: Cause you're 
from a town in Illinois 
that no ones ever 
heard of, that's why. I was born 
in New Orleans. Oh, but Chris's 
parents, have all those trucks 
and trailers and RVs at their 
house. They have the well 
stocked garage with the torque 
wrench thing. So I figure his 
qualifications are there. 
MRR: So you guys are gonna put 
something out on Mark Rainev's 
label, .TKO Records. What are 
ypu going to do for him? 
Bill: Kevin said something about 
hand jobs, right? 
Kevin: Yeah! 

MRR: So is that the reason why 
you haven't toured, afraid of 
hpmosexual activity in the van^ 
Bill: t Afraid, hell no, I'm not 
afraid, if that is what's going to 
happen I'd be calling Budget up 
right now. I'd rent a van. 
Kevin: Hell, we'd get along bet- 
ter. 

MRR: An idea for band therapy 
maybe. J 

Bill: We haven't progressed 
passed massages yet. 
MRR: I feel like a Beltone now 
Bill: What does a Beltone feel 
like? 

MRR: Lazy. 

Bill: Lazy and useless. 
The Beltones have two Ts out- 
Lock and Load on Far Out 
records and n My Old Man on 
Just Add Water. They also have 
a song on a Just Add wa ter comp. 
If the Beltones ever get over 
their hangovers, they will put 
out another single on TKO, and 
maybe even come to a town near 
you. The Beltones can be 
reached at 212 SE 9th Ave. #5, 
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 




roNi 




Skygrain is a hardcore band from Moscow, Russia. 
They have recorded one song which is on a compilation 
cassette released this year by Radio Maximum, which 
broadcasts in both Moscow and Si. Petersburg and has 
a punk show called Learn to Swim. The cassette also 
includes songs by The Four Cockroaches, Va-Bank, 
Chimera and Tequilajazz (see MRR June and July 1997), 
as well as other bands from Moscow, St Petersburg and 
Moldovia. The interview is with the band's vocalist, Kirill. 
Skygrain hope to have a demo out in September, 1997. 
The interview was recorded by Fiona York. 
MRR: Can you introduce yourself, and the 
members of your band? 

My name is Kirill, and other guys who's in band it's Max 
our bassist, and two guitarists, Dima, and other guy 
called llya, and our drummer [Pavel], he's very nice kid. 
MRR: Did you always have two guitar players? 
Yeah. At, at our beginning we got one guitarist, after- 
wards we got two guitarist, and our guitarist changed, 
they quit, both of them, you 
know, one after one, now we 
got again two guitarist and 
[he's a] very nice person. 
MRR: How long has the 
band been together? 
About two and a half years. 
[Before, we were an] old 
school band, something like 
Seven Seconds, stuff like that, 
more straightforward music 
and more straightforward lyr- 
ics 

MRR: Where did you 
play your first show? 

It was two years ago. It was at 
the Jerry Rubin Club. 
MRR: What happened 
with the Jerry Rubin 
Club? 

It works now, but its more like 
an informative centre, not like 
a concert club. 
MRR: And how many 
places are there where 
there could be hardcore 
shows, or underground 
shows right now? 
I don't think there are many of 
these places. I mean the R- 
Club, and some more clubs 
which are bigger than R-Club 
but I don't like them, and to be 
honest I don't like R-Club too. 
It's run by some biker guys. 
No, it's not an underground 

club — really underground, I mean. This is a club where 
only heavy — I mean, distorted music, and the bands, 
newer bands and old bands, they play here sometimes, 
and some people goes to the shows but I don't think that 
many of these people who goes to the shows every time 
spend their time at this club. 

MRR: What's the reason why the name of your 
band is in English, and other bands like Dis- 
temper? 

I think it was something like tradition maybe, I mean 
tradition about English sounds, words in the band 
names, and many non-English speaking bands around 
the world they have English names and they sing in 
English. Not our, but our project's name will be in Rus- 
sian. 

MRR: Your project? 

Maybe it will be our new band, I don't know, really, now. 
It's more, I don't know how to describe it, more complex, 
maybe. It's more musical. I don't know how to describe 
it in English. It's in Russian too. I mean I sing in Russian 
there. 

MRR: Would you say that in your band, or in 
other bands, there's a lot of American or En- 
glish influences? 
Yeah, maybe at our beginning we've got some influence, 



but it was because we listen mostly to the hardcore from 
U.S.A. or from other countries, you know, and it was easy 
for me to understand English lyrics. I mean, I like other 
bands who are from Italy, who are from Czech, who are 
from other countries, you know, from Scandinavia, but 
because I can read English lyrics it's easy for me to 
understand the lyrics and mostly hardcore which I can 
buy here or I can listen here it was American bands 
because there weren't hardcore bands in Russia before. 
Maybe punk but not hardcore. 
MRR: Is there anything about your band that you think 
makes it unique to Moscow or Russiathat is different from 
any other band you'd here from the States or anywhere 
else? 

I don't think that our ideology is something special which 
we cultivate. No, we just different people and we try to 
play music which we like and we try to play music which 
we think is okay for us. Maybe at our beginning, but now 
I don't think that we think about influences from other 

bands or we try to play 
like other bands, we just 
try to play like we like 
(laughs). 

MRR: What about the lyr- 
ics though, because your 
lyrics are often about pol- 
itics or philosophy, would 
you say that's something 
that makes your band dif- 




ferent from other bands? 
I think maybe our lyrics 
are more serious than 
other bands. I mean, 
Moscow bands. We try to 
write lyrics about may- 
be... yeah, maybe with 
more philosophy — that's 
funny, more philosophy (laughs). I mean, yeah, we try to 
do our best, and some of my lyrics are about politics. 
We've got a song about sexism, you know, it's about date 
rape. This is a problem which everyone knows that rape 
is a crime, but everyone can never knows about crime in 
a room near you, in apartment near you, in house near 
you. Then husband can rape his wife, and this is more 
importantto know about, this is the same crime, just silent 
crime, you know. Nobody knows about that. But you 
must take care about this. And of course some part of our 
lyrics is personal issues, you know. It's about how I feel 
about this world and how this world feels about me 
(laughs). 

MRR: What about the one song you recorded 
on the compilation cassette, what is that song 
about? 

It's song about personal resistance to the ways which this 
world try to take you. It's about simplicity to conform to 
this world and don't think about your own way and goes 
in the footsteps of other people who want from you this. 
I mean, not confrontation, but you try to confront with 
them. It's called War of One [Voyna Odnovo]. It's about 
myself trying to find my own way. 
MRR: What about lyrics in the song from your 
project band? 



I don't think it goes far from 
lyrics to this project are writtt 
cultural oppression. Everybc 
against Indians in America I 
about oppression against pe 
our country. It's called Pec 
World. They really live on the 
it's not just a cold desert it's 
and politics try to steal from 
money from them, you knc 
develops and destroys tht 
people from north, where i 
native language. You unde 
know, it's hard for me to dei) 
don't know it very well but \i 
very important for me. Ar\f 
our lyrics is about person^, 
issues, you know, about 
memories about relation- 
ships, about other things, 
and there are some lyrics 
about confrontation be- 
tween people, I mean rac- 
ism, I mean sexism, all 
other "isms". 
MRR: Would you 
say that the gener- 
al politics of the 
time or affected 





you or af- 
fected the 
scene, 
when you 
first 
started? 
Of course 
yes, be- 
cause as 
says, 
maybe Lenin 

or maybe Marx, if you live ir 
society you must do what s< 
know. And to live in society \ 
impossible. Of course politic 
music side, it's mostly in ever 
important for every people I* 
scene, because some of th 
politics or something like the 
in majors, and they don't <js 
going around them. 
MRR: Do you think thai 
derground bands in tl 
there are now? 
Maybe in beginning of *90s, 
and now it's something like i 
end of '80s, there was many I 
unique music and who playe 
ground music. It was a real ur 
manyofkidsjusttrytogetina 
I mean? 

MRR: Can you estimate 
underground bands or t 



our present songs because 
3n by me. This song is about 
jdy knows about oppression 
but nobody here don't care 
»ople who live on the north of 
jple From the Edge of this 
jedge of this world because 
an ice ocean, north ocean, 
them their land to get more 
jw. It's about industry who 
3 culture of these people, 
even can't remember their 
jrstand what I mean? You 
cribe it in English because I 
s 



bands, there are in Moscow right now? 

I don't think our scene is big now — I mean hardcore 
punk scene — because many of people involved in 
different bands, but this is the same people (laughs). But 
good bands, of course, our friends Distemper, the other 
band is Brutal 67, in Russian it's Brutal Shestdesyat 
Syem, this is something like fun project, not a project but 
a band, with kids who make fun for themselves, and 
straightedge lyrics, and militant lyrics, you know, they're 
not about real militant because they are very nice people, 
but their lyrics is something like, you know, joke. And 
other band called, maybe M.O.S.H., I don't remember 
how it is, they play music that sounds more like NOFX or 
something like that. And some punk bands, Four Cock- 
roaches, Chetyrye Tarakana in Russian, and maybe 
other bands whom I can't remember 
now. There are 




^ciety asks, you 
ind don't be free from it, it's 
s affect us. I don'tthink it's in 
yday life side. And I think it's 
lere in scene. Maybe not in 
e people never care about 
it, just major, or wannna be 
are about politics or what's 

t there were more un- 
rte 1980s bands than 

the scene was pretty dead, 
Ising, the scene. And in the 
sands who tried to play their 
d underground, very under- 
iderground atthistime. Now 
i major's eye, you know what 

i how many bands, like 
lardcore bands or punk 



other bands 
from here. 

MRR: Are there any bands from Mos- 
cow that get recognition outside of Moscow? 

Yeah. Some time ago we were in Volgograd — it's more 
famous as Stalingrad — and we play here, with Distem- 
per and other band called Wheel of Dharma, Koleso 
Darma in Russian, who were hardcore band, it's old 
school hardcore, maybe they exist now too, because for 
maybe half a year ago they broke up, and afterwards I 
hear about reunion of this band. I think in our situation 
when everybody, I mean, the scene from other cities is 
divided and the relationship is broken. Mostly, Moscow 
scene is very divided from other scenes now. But I don't 
know nothing about bands from other [cities] who play 
this similar kind of music, I mean hardcore or something 
like that, you know. Maybe they exist. Maybe they exist. 
I know about Volgograd but I don't know about St. 
Petersburg — it's called Leningrad before. And I know in 



Kiev there exists hardcore band called Unsubs. 
MRR: What about recognition outside Russia, 
though? 

I think it's about situation which was in end of '80s, when 
there was many bands and it was something like exotics, 
and Maximum Rock 'n' Roll wrote about them, about 
Naive, about Four Cockroaches, about Va-Bank and 
some other bands. And I'm not from North America or 
from Europe and that's why I don't know nothing if we're 
famous outside our country (laughs). 
MRR: How do you get access to music from 
other countries? 

I think it's not hard right now because we got distributors 
here — not real underground distributors but distributors 
who can bring the music from all over the world, and from 
these guys we can get music which we're interested in, 
and anyway we can use mail-order, or we can buy it in 
other countries when we travel. I don't think it's very 
hard. 

MRR: 
Do you 
ever 
have 
all ages 
shows 
here? 
We have 
no term "all 
ages". All 
our shows is 
all ages. It 
hasn't mean- 
ing here in 
Moscow, "all 
ages", you 
know. I think 
it's about North 
American, or 
something like 
that. Because 
mostly shows 
here in Moscow 
you can see in ev- 
ery show people 
who's under four- 
teen... and you can 
see in every show 
people who's after- 
ward fifty (laughs). 
MRR: At most 
shows are there 
always a lot of po- 
lice or security? 
I don't think so... No. 
The club may have got 
their own security, who 
may be stupid, you 
know, but at the same 
time you can just ask peo- 
ple in this club not to bring 
security on stage. Anyway 
if club wants to be de- 
stroyed, they can say, 
"Yeah, we won't have secu- 
rity. Do what you want", and 
we destroy this club (laughs) . 
MRR: Do you think the fact that there is secu- 
rity sometimes, or there are police present at 
a club where a show might be going on, does 
have an effect on a show? 
No, to say honest, this is a problem. I think this is almost 
always problem between kids who in club and security 
who's near a stage, you know. Some days it's not a 
problem, some days it's problem with them, and some- 
times there are fights. But I don't think that this is strong 
fights, you know what I mean? Because this is just a 
stupid situation when you try to express yourself and then 
somebody don 't want you to express yourself, and that's 
why people don't like the security and why fights be- 
tween exist, I mean between security and kids, you know. 



I'VE PROBABLY SEER THEM LIVE MORE 
THAU AH OTHER BAM. EVERY WE. THEY ROCK 
THE HOUSE. THEY PLA Y FAST. FUR. ERERSETIC. 
AHO VI LO SARASEY POP PORK. SOME COMPARE 
THEM TO THE DICKIES ARO/OR MR. T EXPERI- 
ERCE BUT THESE COMPARISORS ARE FAR FROM 
ACCURATE. 



THAT WAS AWESOME! THAT PART MERE YOU 

STOPPED AND SAID "HEY". THAT VAS AVESOHE. 

DAMEON: REMEMBER WREN RAN0YSAVA6ET00R 

QOM THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR? THAT MS SICK! 

RON: YEAH. 

YANUL (STILL LAUGHING): MAT'S UP WITH 

THAT? 

DAMEON: REMEMBER MEN 6E0RGE "THE 



RON: THIS MONTH IS THE ALTAR BOY LOOK FOR 

SCARED OF CHAKA. 

YANUL: I'M STRICTLY BLACK T-SHIRTS AND 

BLUE JEANS THIS YEAR. SERIOUS. 

DAMEON: I'M STRICTLY TIGHT PANTS. HOT 

SPIRTS 

MRR OKiT'KAO A QUESTION ABOUT THAT. 

YANUL: TIGHT PANTS! WHAT'S UP WITH THAT. 



SCAREDOFCHAXA 

LIVE. THEY ROLE. VAROL (AKA DAVE) A N I - ^^ mm w W W w w 



PLAYS THE SOITAR VITH SO MOCH PORCH ARD MAL" STEELE HAD A GREEN TONGUE? 



VISOR ORE FIRDS THEMSELFOOOSIRS A FALL- 
IRS MIC STARO OR YANUL HIMSELF HALF THE 
TIME. HIS SIRSIR6 IS SO CATCHY. PEOPLE FIRO 
THEMSEL VES SIRS IRS WITHOUT EVER KROVIRS 
THE MOS. PLUS. HE KROVS TORS OF METAL 
COVERS FOR THE KIOS. DAMEOR PLAYS BASS 
LIKE A HOMAROYRAMO. BESEEMS VIBRARTARO 
VEARIHESS OR STASE EVER AFTER HIS TRE- 
MEROOOS MPS MILE PLAYIRE.ROR (VHO RE- 
PLACED 1EFF AFTER THE "HOTCRBROWSAYR- 
SmH'LPWOHOS OUT THE BARD PERFECTLY. 
HIS BEATS ARE FAST ARD IRROVATIVE. ORE 
riLL ROTICE THAT A LOT OF CHAKA SORBS ARE 
PLAYED FASTER LIVE THAR THE RECORDED 
VERS I OR. HO* HE ODES IT IS AMA2IRS. 

HOV. AFTER THREE LPS (TH OR 702 ARO 
ORE OR EMPTY). THE BOYS FROM 'BUROUE ARE 
ORL Y SETTIRS BISSER ARD BETTER, 

AHYWY. VE VERT OUT FOR BURRITOS ORE 
DAY AFTER SOC PLAYED A REMARKABLE SIS 
VITH OUR FRIEROS. BLIRD MIRE ARO SMUS. IR- 
TERVIEV BY BRIAR ARSEL. 

BURP COORT DORIRS IRTERVIEV: 23 
DAMEON (IN RANGY "MACHO MAN" SAVAGE 
VOICE): OH YEAH! SCARED OF CHAKA NUMBER 
ONE! OH YEAH! 

MRR: ALRIGHT GUYS, I MNTED TO ASK ABOUT 
ALL YOUR DIFFERENT NAMES BECAUSE I THINK 
PEOPLE MIGHT BE CONFUSEO... 
YANUL(SC00TING HIS CHAIR): I JUST CRUSHEO 
A CATERPILLAR. 
ALL:AWWWWWW! 
RON: CRUELTY! 

YANUL: THAT BUMS ME OUT. AW MAN.... 
RON: OKAY. LET'S, 
START AGAIN GUYS. 
MRR: OKAY. ABOUT , 
THE NAMES. PEO- 
PLE MIGHT BE, 
CONFUSEO. DAVE 
IS CALLED 
YANUL ON THE 
RECOROS.THEN 
RONREPLACED 
JEFF ON 
ORUMSBUTON 
THE EMPTY 
RECORD 
YOU'RE 
CISCO. 
O.B.. AND 
ROD. 

YANUL: 
YEAH. 
RON: 
YUP. 
MRR: SO 
WHAT'S UP 
WITH THAT? 
ALL: (LAUGHS) 
YANUL: REMEMBERTHATS0N6 YOU PLAYEO? 




YANUL: AND A HAIRY BACK 
RON: HE USED TO BITE CHAINS IN HALF MAN! 
DAMEON: SICK! 
MRR I LIKEO JUNKYARD DOG. 
RON: YOU LIKE THE JYD? 
DAMEON: WHAT ABOUT "SUPERFLY" SNQOKA? 
RON:JIMMY"THESUPERFLY"SNOOKAWASSICK! 
BACK FLIPS OFF OF THE TOP TURNBUCKLE! 
YANUL: OH! I SAW A FUCKIN'.... OH. EXCUSE ME 
(NOTICING A KID AT THE TABLE NEXT TO US). I 
SAW A DARN REALLY GOOO.REAL LIFE PROFES- 
SIONAL WRESTLING EXPERIENCE IN MEXICO... 
FEATURING.... 
DAMEON: EL BURRITO! 

YANUL: ...FEATURING EL VAMPIRO CANAOEN- 
CIAINTIGERMASKANOWHENHECAMEOUTTHEY 
PLAYEO NIRVANA'S "SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIR- 
IT"! 

ALL: (LAUGHS) 

YANUL:THEY DROPPEOTHE LIGHTS AHO EVERY- 
ONE WAS LIKE. "YEAH!" IT WAS WEIRO AND SUR- 
REAL.... OH.THENAMES....WE ALWAYS CHANGE 
OUR MINOS I GUESS. WE ALWAYS HAVE DIFFER- 
ENT NICKNAMES ON TOUR. OAMEON'S HAO THE 
SHEIK. CAPTAIN KIRK. WRONGWAY. COACH, 
LANCE. RED. AND HIS LATEST ONE IS BEAVER. 
OAMEON: THAT'S BECAUSEMY BEAVER STYLE IS 
SICK! 

R0N:WHAT ABOUT "DEE'S NUTS"? YANUL: YEAH. 
SO WE JUST KEEP CHANGING OUR NAMES.(S1ILL 
LAUGHING) 

DAMEON: Y'KNOW. IT'S LIKE WHEN YOU'RE WITH 
THE SAME LOVER FOR A LONG TIME. YOU GET 
BOfiEO AND GOTTA CHANGE THINGS AROUND. DO 
A LITTLE ROLEPLAYING.... 
YANUL (LAUGHING): WHAT'S UP WITH THAT!? 
BUTYEAH.MYFIRSTNAME'SYANULANOMY 
MIODLE NAME'S DAVE. 

MRR: OKAY. FOR A WHILE 
THERE YOU GUYS ALL HAO 
THE SAME HAIRCUT ANO 
ORESSEO LIKE EMO BOYS... 
YANUL: WHAT'S UPWITHTHAT?! 
ALL: (LAUGHS) 
MRR: WAS IT FOR THE LADIES? 
RON: STRICTLY FOR THE LAOIES IN 
THE NINE SEVEN. 

YANUL: STRICTLY 4 THE LAOIES WITH 
THE NUMBER 4... BUT I HAO MY BANGS 
AND DAMEON HAO BANGS. WE WORE 
SHIRTS WITH COLLARS.... 
MRR: TUCKEO !M. 
RON: ORALE! SICK! 
DAMEON: NOW LOOK AT US! 
RON: THAT'S BECAUSE WE'RE LIKE CHA- 
MELEONS. 
ALL: (LAUGHS) 
YANUL: SAY NO MORE. 
RON: THEY CALL ME THUNDER... 
YANUL: WHAT'S UP WITH THAT? CALL ME 
BUTTER 'CAUSE I'M ON A ROLL! 



DAMEON? 

DAMEON: WHEN YOU GOT IT YOU GOT IT. 
MRR HAVE YOU EVER RIPPED YOUR TIGHT PANTS 
IN ONE OF YOUR FAMOUS JUMPS AT A SHOW? 
DAMEON: YES I HAVE. ACTUALLY. 
RON: OAMEON RIPPED HIS PANTS ALL SICK! 
YANUL: I HAO THE MISFORTUNE. ONE DAY. OF 
BEING STUCK INTHEMIOOLEOFTHISTHREEWAY 
DISCUSSION WITHTHESE GIRLS ALLDISCUSS- 
INGWHICHSIDEDAMEONTUCKED.THE PREDOM- 
INANT ANSWER WAS LEFT. 
MRR: ONE TIME I SAW YOU GUYS. SOME 6IRLS 
WERETALKINGTOEACHOTHER ABOUT DAMEON'S 
MUSCLES ANO TATTOOS. 
YANUL (LAUGHING): AW YEAH! 
DAMEON: REALLY? THAT SUCKS. 
MRR:YOUNEEOPOSTERSWITKOAMEONONTHEM. 
YANUL: WE ACTUALLY GOT OOR NEW POSTERS 
FOR TOUR ANO DAMEON'S ON THEM. HE'S OUR 
POSTER BOY. 

OAMEON: POSTER? WITH ME ON IT? HUH? - 
YANUL: YEAHSEVENFOOTBYTEN CEILING SIZE. 
RON: SICK! A VELVET TAPESTRY! 
MRR: OKAY. ABOUT THE NEW RECORO. HOW'O YOU 
GUYS GET ON EMPTY? 
RON: WHAT'S UPWITHTHAT?! 
YANUL: WELL. I'VE ALWAYS LIKEO EMPTY 
RECORDS ANO THE RECORDS THEY PUT OUT. 
BLAKE CALLED ME UP... OF COURSE THAT WAS 
AFTER THEMOTARDS ANO THE 0RA6S TALKED TO 
THEM ABOUT US ANO THAT NO DOUBT HELPEO IN 
THEIR DECISION. NOW WE'RE ALL THE BEST OF 
FRIENOS ANO THEY TREAT US RIGHL 
DAMEON: IN FACT I REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME 
WE PLAYEO FOR _^1HEM IN SEATTLE. WE 
L WERE ALL A LITTLE 
, FREAKEO OUT. THEY 
HAO ALREADY 

SI6NE0US.0URAL- 
\ BUM WAS RECORD- 
ED ANO THEY HAO 
NEVER SEEN US 
PLAY. 

YANUL: THE IN- 
TERVIEW PRO- 
CESS WAS KINO 
OF WEIRO. 
THEY HAO 
OAMEON BY 
\ HIMSELF IN 
' EATTLE 
L AN0 WERE 
L KINO OF 
DRILLING 
LHIM ON 
1HOW WE 
TE R E 
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RON: "YOU GUYS WANNA COME UP ANO TRY- 
OUT?" 

MRR: MAYBE 00 BATTLE OF THE BANDS.... ARE 
YOU GUYS EVER GONNA DO A COMP OF ALL THE 
EARLY 7" ANO COMP TRACKS? 
YANUL: Y'KNOW PETE FROM 702 IS TRYING TO 
TRACK OOlt'N ALL THE MASTER TAPES. 
MRR: HOW COME YOU OION'T PRINT IYRICSQNTHE 
"MASONIC YOUTH" RECORD? YOU'RE THE ONLY 
BAND ( KNOW OF MERE EVERYONE TRIES TO 
SING ALONG BUT NO ONE KNOVS THE VQROS. 
DAMEON: WHAT'S UP WITH THAT?! 
YANUL: IT'S' COOL. I LIKE WATCHING PEOPLE 
TRYING TO SING ALONG. I DON'T REALLY LIKE 
PUTTING MUCH ATTENTION TO THE LYRICS. SOME 
BANDS HAVE GREAT IMPORTANT LYRICS AND 
OTHERS... DON'T REALLY. IT'S GOOD TO HAVE 
LYRICS I GUESS. 

DAMEON: TELL THEM ABOUT YOUR HIP-HOP IN- 
FLUENCES. 

YANUL: YEAH. WHAT'S UP t'lTH THAT? I'VE NEV- 
ER REALLY THOUGHT LYRICS V'ERETHAT IMPOR- 

TANTTO BE INCLUDED ANO NO ONE BELIEVES 

I HAVE LYRICS! I HAVE NOTEBOOKS FULL OF 

LYRICS FOR EVER'f ONE OF OUR SONGS. BUT IT'S 

KINO OF C00L10 WATCH PEOPLE TRYINGTO SING 

THE.SONG LOOKING AT MY MOUTH. ANO MOUTHING 

ALONG TO V'HAT IT LOOKS LIKE I'M SAYING. 

RON: I HAVE MY OWN LYRICS TO ALL THE SONGS. 

YANUL: DO "FROZEN OUT," RON. 

RON: (MUMBLES A BIT THEN GOES...) AWWWWW 

YEEAAAAHHHH. 

ALL: (LAUGHS) 

MRR: SO YOU GUYS ARE THE MOST PROLIFIC 

8AND IN ALBUQUERQUE ANO YOU PROBABLY 




TOUR THE MOST. IS TOURING THE SECRET OF 
YOUR SUCCESS' 

DAMEON: SUCCESS? WHAT FUCKING SUCCESS?! 
YANUL: I DON'T KNOV, SUCCESS IS PRETTY SUB- 
JECTIVE. LIKE IN THE CITY (ALBUQUERQUE) 
WE'RE PROBABLY AS BIG AS WE'RE EVER GONNA 



BE ANO WE PLAY OUT A LOT WHICH IS ABSOLUTE- 
LY NO SIGN OF SUCCESS. 

MRR: OKAY THEN. I MEAN NOTORIETY. 
YANUL: REGARDLESS THOUGH. TOURING IS 
FUN AND REALLY IMPORTANT. BANDS NEED 
TO GET OUT OF THEIR LITTLE VORLOS 
AND LITTLE CITIES. IT'S THE OEATH OF 
BANDS. ESPECIALLY IN THE CITY. SO 
MANY BANDS WILL NOT CONSIOER TAKING A 
MONTH OUT OF THEIR LIVES OESPITE A JOB 
OR A RELATIONSHIP ANO ITS EASY! 
DAMEON: IT'S A HUMBLING EXPERIENCE. 
YANUL: IT'S REALLY GREAT. WE'RE VAY BIGGER 
N ALL KINDS OF OTHER CITIES THAN HERE ANO 
IT'S GOOD. IT'S HOW IT SHOULO BE. 
MRR: WHAT DID JANELLE SAY ABOUT TOURING 
VITH YOU GUYS? 

YANUL: JANELLE FROM"TALES OFBLARG"'ZINE 
SAIDTHAT TOURING KITH SCARED OFCHAKAVAS 
LIKE TOURING PITH THE CAST OF "HEE-HAV" 
AND BENNY HILL'S DRIVING THE VAN. 
MRR: IS THIS TRUE? 

YANUL: ITTS BUT I'LL TELL YA MAT... THAT'S 
LIKE THE KETTLE CALLING THE POT BLACK. 
SHE'S GOT THE BOOTY TOUR '97 MAPPED OUT. 
SHE'S WONDERFUL. I LOVE HER. SHE'S 60T THE 
"JIFFY POP." 

MRR:S0VHATOOYQU6UYSDQVK£NYQU'RENQT 
PLAYING? CHECKING OUT GIRLS AT THE FRON- 
TIER (RESTAURANT), DAMEON? 
DAMEON: NO, I'M ABOUT TO GET MY BACHELOR 
DEGREE IN FINE ARTS. ACTUALLY. 
YANUL(MIMICS DAMEON): SQRQN.VHATOOYOU 
OOk'HEN YOUR NOT PLAYING INSCAREDOFCHA- 
KA? 

RON: I PLAY IN MY DEATH METAL BAND. 
YANUL: WHAT'S THE BAND CALLEO? 
RON: FETAL REMAINS!!! 
YANUL: DON'T MAKE FUN OF FETAL REMAINS! 
DAMEON: IXNAY. 

RON: OH, IS THAT AN ALBUQUERQUE BAND? 
YANUL (LAUGHING): YEAH. WE'RE GONNA GET 
MURDERED. 
RON: INTRINSIC! 

YANUL (LAUGHING): DON'T MAKE FUN OF IN- 
TRINSIC. I VENT TO HIGH SCHOOL VITH THE BASS 
PLAYER. THAT'S FUCKED UP. 
RON: IT'S ACTUALLY MY CHRISTIAN HARDCORE 
REVIVAL BAND. NO PAROLE!! 
ALL: (LAUGHS. NOTE: NO PAROLE MS YANUL'S 
BAND IN HIGH SCHOOL). 
YANUL: YOU BITCH! ANYVAY. I'M GOING TO 
SCHOOL VHICK IS ABIG MISTAKE ANO SCHOOL'S 
OVER. I'M DROPPING OUT ANO GOING BACK 
WHENEVER THIS BANO ENDS SOMEHOW. 
MRR: YOU GUYS NEED TO BREAK-UP THEN RE- 
FORM IN A COUPLE OF YEARS ANO RAKE IN THE 
CASH! 
RON* SICK! 

YANUL: WHAT'S UP WITH THAT? 
MRR: WHAT WERE YOU LIKE IN HIGH SCHOOL? 
ALL: (LAUGHS) 

DAMEON: WHAT'S UP WITH THAT QUESTION? 
YANUL: THESE QUESTIONS RULE! I LOVE THESE 
QUESTIONS. 

RON: INTRINSIC. SICK! I VENT TO HIGH SCHOOL 
IN OKLAHOMA AND OION'T 00 ANYTHING BUT 
SMOKE POT ANO LISTENED TO A LOT OF CANNED 
HEAT. 

YANUL: ME. I HAD ENOUGH HAIR TO CLOTHE A 
SMALL FAMILY. I TRIEO TO GET A MULLET. BUT I 
DIDN'T GO THE EXTRA NINE YARDS TO CUT IT. I 
TRIED TO MOLO IT WITH A COMB INTO THIS VEIRO 
SELF-STYLED POMPADOUR. 
RON: "SELF-STYLED POMPADOUR"? 
YANUL: THAT WAS MY FIRST BANO. OAMEON.... 
DAMEON: OOKKEN, SCORPIONS. TVISTEO SIS- 
TER, OZZY.... 
ALL: THEY ALL RULE!!! 
YANUL: DAMEON IS FROM LOS ALAMOS. 



dameon: the atomic city, 
yanul: ...vhere people are deformed. 
dameon: that's _vhere i get my explo- 
sive qualities! 
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CHANGED! 

lYANUL: YOU OON'T 

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YANUL: 

6ERS! 

MRR: MATCHING YOU FALL ONLY MAKES ME 

STRONGER! 

ALL: (LAUGHS) 
DAMEON: WOAH. 

MRR: IF YOU 010 A MOVIE ABOUT THE BAND. VHO 
VOULO PLAY YOU ANO VHATVOULDTHEMOVIEBE 
CALLEO? 

YANUL: I VOULO BE PLAYED BY GEORGE CLOON- 
EY. RON WOULD BE PLAYED BY DON KNOTTS ANO 
DAMEON VOULO BE PLAYED BY RON JEREMY. 
MRR: WHAT VOULO IT BE CALLEO? 
YANUL: "AHARD DAY'S CHAKA" AND THE PLOT IS 
VE GO FROM SHOW TO SHOW RUNNING FROM OUR 
LARGE LEGIONS OF FANS. IN THE MIODLE OF IT 
RON GETS ARRESTEO ANO DAMEON HAS TO 
BREAK HIM OUT OF JAIL... 
RON: WITH HIS VANG! 

YANUL: YEAH. HE PICKS THE LOCK VITH HIS 
VANG ANO OURING THAT PART THE DRAGS PRO- 
VIOE THE SOUNDTRACK! 
ALL: (LAUGHS) 

YANUL: ME. I'M DOING CHARITY VORK THROUGH- 
OUT THE VHOLE MOVIE HELPING UNDERPRIVI- 
LEGED CHILDREN. 
MRR:SOVHATSNEVFROMSOC? 

YANUL: 
SOME SIN- 
GLES. GOT 
ONE ON 
EMPTY. A 
SPLIT ON 
JOHANN'S 
FACE VITH 
THE TRAI- 
TORS. A 
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FLAKE ON 
OMNIBUS 
AN0 70Z.A 
FOUR-VAY 
SPLIT ON 
702 ANO 
THAT'S 
ABOUT IT. 

MRR: SO HOV COME SCARED OF CHAKA OON'T 
HAVE ANY SONGS WITH *0I" IN THEM. 
DAMEON: WE HAVE LOTS OF SONGS VITH "01!" 
RON: BOLLOCKS! 

OAMEON (BACK IN "MACHO MAN" VOICE): OH 
YEAH! 

WRITE SCARED OF CHAKA AT: 21 18 CENTRALSE 
128. ALBUQUERQUE. NM 87106 USA IVIVA LA 
CHAKA! 




MRR: First of all, say who you are, 
what you do, and where you live. 

T: Travis, alias T-Bird. I sing like a girl and 
play second guitar. I live in Austin, Texas. 
G: Gavin, G-Force. I live in Austin, and I 
play bass. 

D: Dean, D-Day. I play guitar and scream 
like a maniac, and I live in San Antonio, 
Texas, home of heavy metal! 
A: Anna, the A-Bomb. I play drums and 
live in Dallas. 

MRR: What are you doing right now? 
Where are we? 

T: We're in Japan, in the back of a van. 
D: Traveling from Shizuoka to Tokyo. 
MRR: It seems that you've done more 
touring in Japan than most American 
bands. I mean that you didn't just 
stay in Tokyo. Where all did you go? 
D: Yeah, we're the first American garage 
band to play in Yokaichi! That was awe- 
some, because that was the most like a 
punk rock show. We played in a rehearsal 
studio. 

T: Kenji from Answer Records has really 
done a great job setting up our tour. He's 
not a big promoter, so he couldn't set up 
like five shows in Tokyo, which is I guess 
what most bands do, but it was better for 
us because we got to see more of Japan. 
We played five different shows in five 
different cities, and we got more of a 
vacation. 

D: It was interesting to see that every city 
had a totally different scene, even though 
they were all into the rock. 
T: And all the Japanese bands are so 
good! They're all like ten times betterthan 
most American garage bands. 
MRR: What's going on in Austin right 
now with the garage music scene? 
T: I don't know. I think there are a few 
garage bands, but I haven't seen 'em. 
D: The Lord High Fixers never play. It 
seems like there's a bigger garage rock 
scene in Japan right now. More than Tex- 
as at least. 

T: It's cool because they make all the good 
music without all the bad attitude. 
MRR: Tell me about the new 7" on 
Answer Records. There are a few 
songs in Japanese. 
D: Yeah, I sing some songs in Japanese. 
It's hilarious because everybody here 
thinks I'm Japanese and starts talking to 
me in Japanese, and I have to tell them 
that I'm not. 

T: There's also a cover on that 7" called 
"Little Red Hot Rod," which is by the Hot 
Rodders, off their Big Hot Rod album. 
D: You think that's a joke, but it's not! 
MRR: Do you like the food in Japan? 
G: Most of it. 

D: What was it that you didn't like? 
G: Rubber erasers. 

D: The vegetable jelly was a little too 
much. 

G: The toilets take some getting used to as 
well. 

MRR: That was my next question. 
How is shitting in Japan? 
G: Very difficult 

D: You build up a lot of leg muscles, let's 
just say. 

MRR: I think you end up hunting for 
Western-style toilets. 



D: Yeah, every time I see a Western-style toilet, 
I feel like I should go... or at least give it a shot. 
MRR: The cultures are really different. 
Talking to other bands, they've said that 
they come here and people don't really 
get into the shows, and it's really segre- 
gated. Like the girls don't talk to the boys 
in the bands, and the boys don't talk to 
the girls in the bands. Did you guys see 
that at all? 
D: No, not at all. 

A: Everyone's been so friendly! We got lots of 
presents, people were always asking for auto- 
graphs... 

D: Yeah, people are so friendly here. We didn't 
bring any guitars or anything, but the other 
bands always lent us their equipment and 
were really nice about it. 
T: Their very expensive equipment that we 
were nervous about breaking. 
MRR: What bands are you really into 
now? Not necessarily bands that inspired 
The 1 -4-5s, but what bands are you listen- 
ing to right at this moment? 
A: Panther! From Nagoya! 
D: Panther kicks ass! 

MRR: But you guys don't only listen to 
garage rock... 

T: Well, the tapes I brought on this trip were: 
The Cure, Bis, Emily's Sassy Lime, The 
PeeChees, Henry's Dress, Rocketship, The 
5,6,7,8's... that's what I've been listening to. 
D: There goes our garage rock cred! Not that 
we had any to begin with. 
G: I'm listening to Desmond Decker's "Rock 
Steady," traditional ska... 
MRR: Well, since we're talking about ga- 
rage rock credibility... I noticed that 
there are a lot of unusual themes in your 
new songs, like computers, or stuff 
that's really not traditional garage rock 
material... 

D: Japanese luxury cars, for example. 
MRR: Yeah, thank you. What's your take 
on that? 

T: Well, there are so many old songs about the 
technical specs of cars, like how big the engine 
is, how fast it goes, and all that stuff. Now-a- 
days no one really talks about car specs any- 
more, but it seems like geeks are always talk- 
ing up the technical specs of their computers, 
like how big and fast the hard drive is and 
everything. So I thought it would be funny to 
write a typical "car song" but update it for the 
'90s and sing about a really fast computer. 
D: Besides, we're all computer geeks anyway. 
Well, more so than most bands, I'm sure. 
G: Forthose of you who don't know, the BeBox 
is a computer. One that's actually not made 
anymore, but it was kind of a weird computer 
that was supposed to be ahead of its time. 
D: Travis sentthe song to Be, and what did they 
say? 

T: I emailed the Be Corporation and told them 
that they could download our song as a sound 
file off our website. 
D: Very punk rock! 
MRR: Did they write back? 
T: They did. They said, "Thank you for your 
interestin the Be Corporation. We're flattered 
that you like our computers." I was hoping 
they would sponsor our trip to Japan and we 
could be technology spies for them or some- 
thing. Last summer we wanted Dodge to use 
"Dodge Caravan" for a commercial jingle and 
give us a van to tour in, but that never hap- 



pened either. 
MRR: So that song "BeBox Dual 
603" is going to be on your new 
Estrus 10"? 

D: Oh yeah. 

T: Along with a cover of "Greased Light- 
ning." We covered that song because we 
figured it was probably the most uncool 
"garage" song that you could possibly 
cover as a garage band. 
MRR: That may be true! 
D: Maybe Rodney Allan Greenblat will be 
next. 

MRR: It's pretty interesting that you 
guys are even on Estrus to begin 
with. How did that come about? 
D: Just 'cause Crider rocks. 
T: I don't know, we've asked ourselves 
that question many times. I guess Dave 
Crider has a good sense of humor, and 
for some reason he's taken a liking to The 
1-4-5s. 

MRR: All of you are in other bands 
back in Austin, so why don't you just 
say a little about the other bands 
that you're in? 

G: Travis and I are in The Kiss Offs, and 
it's a lot of fun. There's a new 7" onPeek- 
a-Boo. 

MRR: What about you, Dean and 
Anna? 

A: Poopiehead! Pure rock! 
T: What about those kids who were into 
the Teen Titans? 

D: Oh yeah, Teen Titans were much more 
well-known in Japan than I ever imag- 
ined we'd be. People actually knew who 
we were, which was really bizarre. I think 
people really like the idea of teenage 
music here. The word "teen" appears in 
a lot of band names. 
T: Even though there are no actual teen- 
agers in the bands. 

MRR: It seems like you guys are 
always having a "last show ever" 
and there are always rumors that 
you're broken up. Will America ever 
see The 1-4-5s again? 
T: You never know. We always mean it 
when we say it's the last show ever, but 
then something happens... 
A: Like Japan! 
D: The next trip is England. 
T: John Peel Show, here we come! 

The 1-4-5s Discography: Un- 
safe at 45rpm! 7"ep (Peek-a-Boo 
Records, Austin, TX); Inhalants/1 -4- 
5s split 7" (Peek-a-Boo Records, 
Austin, TX); Planetary Annihilation! 
7"ep (Estrus Records, Bellingham, 
WA); Rack Invasion LP/CD (Estrus 
Records, Bellingham, WA); Ten Gal- 
lon Helmet 7"ep (Answer Records, 
Nagoya, Japan); Almost Good! 7"ep 
(Twist Like This Records, Houston, 
TX); new 10"/CD coming soon (Es- 
trus Records, Bellingham, WA). 
Compilation Appearances: "King of 
the Hill" on Greenlight Go! CD (Bot- 
tlecap, Denton, TX); "Volvo Hatch- 
back" on Texas Garage CD (Au Go 
Go Records, Australia); "Bicycle 
Rodeo" on Peek-a-Boo Bicycle Ro- 
deo 12" (Peek-a-Boo, Austin, TX); 
"I'm Pretty Fast" on KVRX 91.7 FM 
"Local Live" CD (KVRX, Austin, TX). 



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FIRST WE BM> THE WONGS, 
KNDNOW WE HK/E THESE 



SHORT, LITTLE RUNTY FUCKS 



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The 
Ducky Boys are a 
four piece act from Boston 
who have been calling the Rat home 
since mid-1996. As the Boston scene builds 
towards national attention, the Ducky Boys are at the 
top of the heap. They combine the wisdom gained 
through hard times and rough pasts and street smart 
perspective with anthemic street-level rock n' rolh 
They aren't a bunch of chest thumping, "lets fighf'r 
style tough guys nor are they a bunch of image con- 
cerned priviiedged kids. They are four regular guys 
who have lived through some tough times and every- 
one who has heard them knows this. The Ducky Boys , 
are not about image. They are about heart felt rockn f 
roll. With several releases under their belts, they show 
no signs of 
slowing down. 
It f $ only a mat- 
ter of time be- 
fore the rest of 
the under- 
ground scene 
catches on. The 
Ducky Boys are 
made up of Jas- 
on Messina 
(drums), Mike 
Oleary (gui- 
tar), Marklind 
(bass/vocals) 
and Mike Mars- 
den (guitar/vo- 
cals)* This in- 
terview takes 
placeon August 
25,1997 atlam 
following a 10 
hovrband prac- 
tice in prepara- 
tion for their 
new 7". The in- 
terviewee is 
bass player/ 
vocalist, Mark 
Lind. 

MRR: Alright, 
let's talk about 
your band. I 
know you're in- 
famous for 
plugging other 
people and oth- 
er bands. Let's 
talk about the Ducky Boys, 




Mark: 
(giggle) Okay, 
what do you want to know; 
MRR: What's the history of the band? 
Mark: We've been together for two years, play- 
ing out for a little over one year, 
MRR: How'd you get together? 
Mark: We've been together as friends for a few years. 
We just sortof started a band. We wrote some songs, 
recorded a demo, got some shows and kept working 
hard, 

MRR: Where did the name of the band come from? 
Mark: These are the obvious questions. A name wasn't 
really that important to us. We were pinched to name 
the band before the studio would let us record... that 
was for purposes of their own records.,, we booked 
time and came up with a name. 
MRR: Well, why Ducky Boys? 
Mark: Weil, we didn't come up with it out of the blue. 
Check out the movie 'The Wanderers', 1 like the name. 
It's hard to forget, 
MRR: Why are you in a band? 

Mark: That's easy. For the girls 
(laughter). Yeah right. If any girls 
will have me, call the number on 
the back of the CD...... but in seri- 
ousness the benefit of being in 

a band is that you don't have to 
wait for the next record of your 
favorite bands to be released. If 
you know there's a kind of song you 
want to hear, you write it. 
MRR: Is it just that easy? 
Mark: Well, I'd like to think it takes 
a minimal amount of talent to write 
a decent song.... and you have to 
really be in touch with what you 
like. It's easy to say "I like Social 
Distortion and the Dead Boys", but 
it's much harder to put your finger 
on what exactly you like about that 
kind of music/ 

MRR: So are you guy s about sou nd- 
ing like your favorite bands? 
Mark: No. Well, yeah. First off, ev- 
ery single song that has been writ- 
ten since the early days of rock n' 
roil was inspired by another band. 
The Beatles were taking obvious 
influences from Chuck Berry and 
Buddy Holly. Even the Sex Pistols 
and the Clash have their obvious 
rock influences. And now today's 
bands are influenced by those 
bands so it's no crime to have influ- 
ences. Everyone's doing it. In a 
way I have to be into sounding like 
my favorite band because the 
Ducky Boys have to be my favorite 
band or else I'm settling for crap. 
What incentive is it for me to write a good song if I 



could 
just say "fuck it, 
pass me that there CD of 
some other band." With the mentality 
that my band is my favorite, then I have to work 
hard to get that perfect record. Do I sound like Metal- 
lica or something? 
MRR: No, I know what you mean. 
Mark: Don't bullshit me. 
MRR: So what Is punk rock to you? 
Mark: I don't know. Standing up, clinching a fist and 
shouting out? I look at some bands and some people 
that label themselves punk rock and see no similari- 
ties. To some people it is a way of life... .but that's a 
select few. To others it's a trend and to some it's a 
fashion thing, just like every other mainstream estab- 
lishment. But to me it's a label. I try not to go for labels 
all that much.....If you're asking 'what's punk rock to 
me' in relation to my band, then I'm not sure at all. I 
would say that since we're about rising up in the face 
of a challenge and over-coming obstacles, then that's 
what 'punk' is about to me and the band. Call us what 
you want. I've avoided a label all I could. Avoiding that 
is almost impossible though. We played on Gi/Skampi- 
iation 3 &4, so we're just another oi band to some. We 
did the 'Boston Punk Olympics', so we're another punk 
band to others. I would call us a street rock band, but 
that sort of suggests 'oi, oi, let's drink beer'music... 
which we are not So I guess we're a street-level rock 
n' roll band. The label of punk doesn't insult me or 
anything. The kids can call us Folk as long as they 
genuinely like it. But that is them calling us that, not a 
self branded label. Punk is just a descriptive adjective 
for the most part nowadays. Very few people are living 
'it'. We do live our message though. Thank God we're 
not preaching anarchy. I wouldn't have the energy to 
live up to that (laughter). 

MRR: So you must think there is something wrong with 
the state of the music scene in this day and age is you 
felt you had to put a band together to do something 
about it 

Mark: Music sucks nowadays. I have a million CDs 
here and I really like only a handful of them. I mean, 
everyone of them has a little something about them or 
I wouldn't have bought them, but it's rare that I find a 
CD that I just fuckin' love. It's not like we set out to 
change the face of music, just fill that void for our- 
selves and maybe others like us. 
MRR: What are some great records that stick out in 
yourmind? 

Mark: Weil for recent releases, there's the Bouncing 
Souls "Maniacal Laughter", the Anti-Flag CD is great 
The Dropkick Murphys f ulHength.The Swingin' Utters 
"Juvenile Product.". There aren't many. 
MRR: Well the Ducky Boys have a full-length. Is that 
one of the greats? 

Mark: Regretfully no. If it was then I would have quit 
the band before we had to follow it up (laughter). I'm 
hoping that we'll get an even better release next time 
around. I'm shooting for that one perfect release that 
at least I'm happy with. This has become my own 
personal quest. 

MRR: Are you working on new stuff? 
Mark: Yeah, you caught me during one of my most 
creative phases of my life. I'm working on a punk opera 
(laughter). 
MRR: Are you really working on new stuff? 



Mark: Yeah, we got a 7" coming out on Chapter II 
Records from California. We're finishing up songs for 
that right now. 
MRR: What have you got? 

Mark: I think we're going to do a cover song. I've 
always wanted to hear a modern-day band do a take on 
ir Fhe Wanderer" by Dion. So like I said earlier, we can 
do that! We've completed a song that I really like. 
That's called "Misfit" for the time being. Then we got 
a slow creepy song.... we're testing the waters on our 
new guitarist He can actually pick notes, so we're 
trying it in a song. Finally, I just finished up this new 
tune that could be good. It might be a little out there 
though. It kind of says 'fuck you* to everyone. I'm 
hoping people won't take it too serious. I, personally, 
am really liking the new songs. That's really important 
MRR: Let's talk about the CD. What do you think of \& 
Mark: It's okay. Five of the songs come from our first 
demo. Three come from the second one. So in the one 
year after that we were only able to write six new 

songs and most of those were done two weeks 

before we recorded. 

MRR: Were you disappointed in those new songs? 

Mark: In a few of them. But I think it's most important 

for people to know that we've been doing some of 

those old songs for what seems like forever now. I 

Mnk the newer ones on the CD were written in the 

same style as the old ones. I hope it won't be that way 

anymore. I really feel like we have more potential. And 

I'm- not saying the record sucks. It's going great and it 

got us this far. From an inside point of view though, I 

th ink we'll get better. 

MRR: So do you ever listen to your own CD? 

Mark: Oh no! I'm busted...... When a band records 

something new, I think they listen to it a million times 

that week. Then they never want to hear it again. The 

CD came out 4-5 months after we recorded it. I was 

ready for the next release by the time it came out Now 

I listen to it the night before a show... just to refresh my 

memory. 

MRR: But I thought you were your favorite band? 

Mark: Shut up, kid. Everything gets boring after a 

while. I listen the songs live... that's more than enough 

occasions. 

MRR: Tell a cool story. 

Mark: I don't have any. We're a bunch, of dorks. 

MRR: Anything. 

Mark: Well our new second guitarist, Mikey 0', who is 

like the boy wonder of the Ducky Boys, learned our 

songs twelve hours before we pulled him up on stage 

for the first time. He was shittin' bricks. He'd never 

been on stage before. To make matters worse, we 

were playing at a 350 person show. We got up at 6am 

on the morning of the show and practiced for a few 

hours. Once we got to the Rat the kid was in shambles. 

Every once in a while I'd walk outside and give him 

updates on our time slot to bust his balls. He's out 

there knocking down beers trying to keep cool. 

MRR: How'd he do? 

Mark: I'm getting there.... So we're tuning up and he's 

white as a ghost. At this point I'm getting scared that 
he'll pass out when the lights go out We tune up and 
I walk to the mic. And all I said was "Hey, we're the 
Ducky Boys" and the crowd went fuckin' crazy. We 
weren't even playing yet They're screaming like we're 
AC/DC or something. It was pretty wild. So I decided 
to break the ice before we play and introduce Mikey 0' 
as our savior for coming down and playing. Then the 
crowd starts screaming for him like he's a teen idol or 
something. Anyway, he felt like a rock star and relaxed 
m time to play our best show ever. By the way, thanks 
to everyone who was there for cooling him down 
before he shit himself. He hasn't stopped talking about 
it since. 

MRR: Pretty cool. So is he m the band now? 
Mark: Yeah. My brother, who'd been playing with us 
since our release party, had to part ways with us to 
pursue some opportunities with his original band. 
MRR: And they are- 
Mark: Blood For Blood, Boston's most crushing hard- 



core band. They are quite a force. 

MRR: So it sounds like Boston's been pretty good to 

ya'? : - 

Mark: Oh yeah, they've been great to us up there. I've 

had so much fun in the past year that the time has flown 

by. 

MRR: Do any events stand out \n your memory? 

Mark: Well yeah. I remember the night that I woke up 

at 3am in a complete daze and wrote the lyrics to 

"Pride". I remember the first time we got an encore of 

sorts. There's so many incidents. But it is really hard 

work. 

MRR: How so? 

Mark: Well in a way the Boston scene is all DIY. Sure 

we play at the Rat but the 

bands do all the work and 

preparation. Between my- 
self, Dropkick Murphys, 

Showcase Showdown and 

the Unseen, we do all the 

shows. We rent the Rat 

and then flier our asses 

off. Some other bands 

have tried it but didn't 

work hard enough for it to 

be successful. 

MRR: I understand: 

there's been some issues 

with the Rat lately? 

Mark: Yeah, they cut their 

ads and cut all of the 

weeknight shows that 

don't have anyone show 

up. So now everyone 

thinks they're closed. The 

Boston Phoenix wrote and 

article on why the Rat 

closed down on July 4th. I 

was reading this two days 

after we played one of our 

best shows there, They 

didn't even make an effort 
to reach the owner for 
comment They just got in 

line for the rumor mill like 
sheep and fucked us all 
over. Ken and Brian from 
Dropkicks were giving out 

fliers at another club and people were giving them 
back saying 'dude, the Rat closed'. Like we just forgot 
and kept giving out fliers. 

MRR: And you have a new web page to plug, right? 
Mark: Yes! My darling web page. This thing is great. 
It's like an online press kit We're re-doing it this week. 
I'm computer illiterate. I get an idea, my friend does it 
and the thing is dynamite. We got sound clips, pictures, 
gossip, show dates, links, everything. Check it out... 
http://www.duckyboys.com/ 
MRR: So what kind of music do you enjoy at home, off 
the Rat stage? 

Mark: Well, to everyone's surprise the Ducky Boys 
have a very broad taste in music. It's funny because 
people think that because we play hard-ass fist pump- 
ing music then we must listen to the same kinds of 
music. Someone suggested to me before we did the 
interview that we shouldn't spend to much time talking 
about the Oppressed and other bands. While I've 
heard some stuff by the Oppressed and it was good, I 
or we wouldn't do that because we aren't big fans of 
that stuff. Both myself and day (drummer) like to jam 
on Bruce Springsteen songs before practice. Mike 
(singer/guitarist) seems to know every oldie word for 
word. I like Blitz, the Business, the Antiheros and every 
other oi band but I'd rather hear Buddy Holly any day. 
One of the guys in the Unseen once credited ADD and 
not their love of thrash punk for their sound. In the 
same way, I think the fact that we're young and pissed 
makes our sound, not just our musical tastes. 
MRR: So what's the ultimate agenda of the band? 
Mark: Well, I wrote a paper last year in school about 




that exact topic. That was before I became too poor to 
go back to school. Woe is me. Anyway, I mentioned 
how I was the loser at the back of the bus with the 
headphones on; in my own world listening to my theme 
music. Yeah I wasn't cool and no one wanted to be my 
friend. There are lots of kids like that; the outcasts, the 
misfits and the losers. I want to be that theme music 
for at least a few on them. Any of said outcasts, misfits 
and losers will find what they want m the Ducky Boys 
because we've been there and done that and lived to 
scream about it 

MRR: What about touring plans? 
Mark: Getting out there on a large scale will be a 
challenge. For reasons beyond our current control, we 
are stranded in Boston with 
the exception of some week- 
end jaunts around the North- 
east But if Motley Crue or 
someone would make it fi- 
nancially worth our while to 
open for them we'd do it 
(laughter). I know of a few 
bands who got some lucky 
breaks. If we can get the 
same breaks we'll be willing 
to tour the country. On the 
other hand, I know a few 
bands that had a shitty time 
on tour. It's tours like that 
that would make it impossi- 
ble to get out of our current 
financial obligations. Don't 
get me wrong. We're notone 
of those ^guarantee' bands. 
We'd just need something to 
replace our drummers in- 
come so he can support his 
family. 

MRR: And immediate plans? 
Mark: Well, we're gonna 
keep pumping out the goods. 
We won't rest until we've 
conquered the Northeast. 
We at least want to be the 
band that all the touring 
bands want to play with in 
Boston. Then we can blow 
them off the stage one by one 
(laughter). But realistically, we Jove what we've got so 
far. We're going to keep working on New England and 
take advantage of how fast our name has spread 
around here. We're on Oi/Skampilation 3 on Radical 
Records. We've got the 7" coming on Chapter 11. We'll 
be doing an 8 to 10 song CD for GMM. Who knows after 
that 

MRR: Closing comments? 

Mark: Our most sincere thanks to everyone who has 
helped {ss out along the way. Give the underground a 
chance. Support the scene. Props to all the Boston 
punks, skins and show-goers; What's up to Jenni, the 
scene queen and :30 Seconds Over Tokyo. Check out 
the Boston scene. Showcase Showdown, Dropkick 
Murphys; the Unseen, Pinkerton Thugs, the Trouble, : 
the Bruisers, Blood For Blood. I love the Dirty Wa- 
ter........ 

The Ducky Boys can be reached at PO Box 5 6 4 
Cambridge, MA 21 4 2 (61 7 ) 242-9325 
duckyboys@duckyboys, com http: //www . ducky- 
boys, com/ 

Discography: Fiat Records Ducky Boys/Dropkick Mur- 
phys split 7" Fiat Records "I've Got My Friends" Bps- 
ton/San Francisco split CD with: Dropkick Murphys, 
Swingin' Utters, Work'm' Stiffs, Unseen Cyclone:: 
Records "Caught In A Cyclone" CD with: Dropkick 
Murphys, Wretched Ones, Timebomb 77 and more 
These titles are distributed by Cyclone Records 24 
Pheasant Run Merrimack, NH 03054 USA "No Getting 
Out" full length Ducky Boys CD on GMM records: PO 
Box 15234 Atlanta, GA 30333 USA Upcoming 7" on 
Chapter 11 Records IB 




Jon Cougar Concentration 
Camp, formed in the fall of 1994, 
play melodic aggressive garage 
type punk rock in the beautiful 
city of San Diego. This interview 
was conducted by Jason Kemp over 
the phone after Chris was nice 
enough to give me his number after 
a show at the Showcase Theater. 
Pictures included taken by David 
DeBernardo . 

MRR: Who is in the band now and who 
made up the name? 
Chris; We're not 100% sure who 
made up the name. I thought X did, 
but a few other people say that 
they did. Om. . .As for as who's in 
the band it's me, Dave and Mike. 
We're doing the three piece thing 
so people can compare us to Green 
Day and Jawbreaker. 
MRR: How's the new 10" doing? 
Chris: It's doing great consider- 
ing that not one fucking ad is out 
yet. The thing has been out for 
over a month and no one even knows 
it exists. I forgot it was out I 
It's like. . . 
MRR: Who put it out? 
Chris: It's a local label called 
Mullethead Records. I don't know 
why we even agreed to do it . They 
burned their bridge with the first 
band they put out and they ' re 
making all the same mistakes with 
us. Basically it's just two guys 
who run it. One who puts up the 
money and the other one takes all 
the credit. I'm fuckin sick of 
people starting labels and then 
finding out that it ' s a lot of work 
to do it right. So the bands get 
burned every fucking time, be- 
cause they aren't into music that 
much anyway so they lose interest . 
Or they don't get popular enough 
doing it. You know? I couldn't 
imagine them putting anything out 
after this. I mean you tell % em 
what to do and they still fuck it 
up. It sucks because they were 
friends before they ever started 
a label. 

MRR: How did you end up on B.Y.O.? 
Chris: They asked us. Well, I 
guess they heard that Bob Conrad 
(Second Guess Records) wasn't 
doing that well or something like 
that. So they offered to take us 
off his hands. Bob said okay cause 
he knew they could do a lot more 
for us. So Bob really got us on the 
label, and the people at B.Y.O. 



MRR: How come you don't play that 
much in San Diego? 
Chris: Because it fucking sucks 
here . I mean everybody always says 
how their town sucks, but I'm 
serious. It sucks here. I don't 
like peoples attitudes. They're 
just too fucking cool. Too compet- 
itive . Nobody supports anybody 
else's bands. Plus shows aren't 
that fun around here. It's no 
wonder why all of the last years 
punk rockers are this years 
ravers. Apparently that's where 
the fun is. I'm not saying that 

that's where I'm headed fuck 

that. 

MRR: When you guys played with 
Spazboy at the Showcase everyone 
was just standing around until you 
guys played. 

Chris: Yeah, that's what I'm 
talking about. I mean I don't care 
if they just stand, but they 
really look bored! It's like «why 
did you even come". I don't know. 
We try to make it fun. I mean we're 
having fun at least. 
MRR: What bands do you like in San 
Diego? 

Chris: Well there's not that many 
punk bands. Most of them are too 
cool to admit that they are a punk 
band. "We just play rock and roll, 
man!" Whatever. I like The Kassos. 
There really isn't anybody too 
exciting around here.... DUD! 
MRR: Well thanks a lot for the 
agai»( interview. I'll let you go because 

Chris- Who knows?! Things are the Simpsons are coming on soon, 
pretty weird at the Queers camp Chris: I hear ya. 
right now. I was supposed to go MRR: Any final comments? 
out there and do 4 shows in the Chris: I don't think so. 
midwest, but I didn't go. I'm Jon Cougar Concentration 
supposed to go out and do some Camp's Discography: 1994 "Back in 
shows in Eastern Canada next the Day" 7" (Missing Records) o/ 
month but who knows. I'm just p, 1994 JCCC/Kids split 7" (Camp- 
doing Jon Cougar stuff right ground Records) o/p, 1995 "Aspar- 
now Joe (Queer) needs to get agus in a Material World" 7* 
his bolts tightened. (Second Guess Records) o/p, 1995 

MRR: What about Jon Cougar? "Jon Cougar Punk Explosion" 7" 
Chris: What do you mean? (Missing Records) re-release on 
MRR: Are you going on tour? Mutant Pop, 1996 Jon Cougar Con- 
Chris- Oh yeah. We've got some- centration Camp CD (Second Guess 
thing" coming up with Furious Records) o/p, 1996 "Victoria's 
George and F.Y. P. In September Secret Sauce" 7» (Mutant Pop), 
we're doing some shows up the 1996 "Live in Bay Park" 7" o/p, 
(West) coast with my roommate's 1997 JCCC/Larry Brrrds split 7", 
band The Kassos. I'm waiting for 1997 "Hot Shit" 10" (Mullethead 
our van to get fixed before we Records), 1997 JCCC/ Cigar etteman 
head out to the east. I wannasplat 7" (Liquid Meat), 1997 "Til 
make sure we can make it outNiagra Falls" CD/LP (BYO 
there. Records). 



seem to be into us. So it all 
worked out. I'm hoping we could 
re-release the "Hot Shit" 10" on 
Second Guess. I hope. 
MRR: Have you done anything with 
B.Y.O. yet? 

Chris: We just finished record- 
ing for a new album. It ' s called 
"Til Niagra Falls" . People tell 
me it's our best stuff, but I've 
been listening to it everyday 
for the past month so my ears are 
numb. 

MRR: How many songs? 
Chris : I don' t remember how many 
ended up on the album. 
MRR: What made you decide to do 
the "Ace of Spades" on that 
split with Cigar etteman and how 
did you hook up with Cigarette- 
man being that they're from 
Japan? 

Chris: Tim from Liquid Meat 
asked us to do the split. We've 
never even met Cigaretteman. I 
liked their first 7". B-Face 
said they were great live, 
but. . .1 don't know. We did w Ace 
of Spades" because it's a cool 
tune. The other song we did for 
that was a Vindictives song that 
was supposed to go on a Vindic- 
tives tribute comp on Libera- 
tion Records, but they never 
sent us our money so we never 
sent them the DAT. So we went 
ahead and used it for the split. 
MRR: Are you gonna go on tour 
with the Queers again? 



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Infoshop News 

1. Radical librarians Chris Atton "unity center, is in trouble. To para- 



1. Radical librarians Chris Atton 
(based in Edinburgh, Scotland) and Chris 
Dodge (Minneapolis, USA) are putting 
together a book on infoshops. Intended 
to provide firsthand accounts by the peo- 
ple involved, it will also profile case 
studies, offer guidance to those wanting 
to set up an infoshop, and examine their 
value as part of a wider information net- 
work. 

The editors welcome all leads, 
and seek contributions from people in- 
terested in writing about their specific 
experiences setting up and running in- 
foshops, or critiquing their value and 
limits. 

For more information, contact 
either of the editors: 

Chris Atton, Napier University 
Library, 10 Colinton Rd., Edinburgh, 
Scotland EH10 5DT, li26@central. 
napier.ac.uk 

Chris Dodge, 4645 Columbus 
Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55407, 
cdodge@sun.hennepin.lib.mn.us 



2. We have received word that the 
Lucy Parsons Center in Boston, MA , a 
long running radical bookstore and corn- 



unity center, is in trouble. To para 
phrase from their press release: 

The Center was founded in 1 970 
and is one of the oldest radical centers 
in North America. It is named after Lucy 
Parsons, an influential activist and wid- 
ow of the anarchist Haymarket martyr 
Albert Parsons. 

The Center is being threatened by 
the demolition of their building (also 
home to other independent businesses). 
The developers want to build a mall with 
corporate stores like the Gap and Barnes 
and Nobles in its place, with an expen- 
sive high rise apartment building above 
it. 

This brings up issues of 
gentrification, displacement, land own- 
ership, community vs. profit, cultural 
diversity, etc. Demolition is scheduled 
for January 1998 and the Center is in 
need of financial and legal assistance in 
the attempt to block the demolition and 
if it is not successful, to relocate the Cen- 
ter. 

If you can help, contact: Mark 
c/o Lucy Parsons Center, 3 Central 
Square, Cambridge, MA 02139, (617) 
497-9934. • 



ANTI-POLICE PRUTAUTYSHOW 

€> The Cyclone Wberehouse in San Francisco • October 11, 1997 



by Karen Satan, photos by Unidos 

On Saturday October 11, a show 
was held near the San Francisco wa- 
terfront in coordination with an Oc- 
tober zz march and protest. All of 
these efforts were organized to high- 
light the growing amount of excessive 
violence used by police ,and their re- 
lated agencies, on the very citi- 
zens they are paid to serve and 
protect'. The show started 
around two in the afternoon 
and approximately thirty punks 
were treated to some fairly shit- 
ty bands. The most entertain- 
ing incident of the first few 
hours was watching some girl 
throw up on herself and won- 
dering if she would make any 
effort to wash it off, she didn't. 
Later in the afternoon the bands 
got a whole lot better as the 
crowd size increased. Some of 
the more notable performances 
were turned in by DEFILE, LUNG- 
BUTTER, RINGWURM. and THE 
ENEMIES. The best band perfor- 
mance goes to EL DOPA, who 
were easily the highlight of the 
day. I should also mention that 
there was a spoken word, a bon- 
fire, and lots of drunk crusty 



punks. If there was one shortcoming 
that took away from the event, then 
that would have to be the lack of eth- 
nic diversity. This was made all the 
more aparent due to the subject mat- 
ter being discussed because the very 
people who suffer most from police 
brutality were not present. * 




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A benefit for a cultural center in Chicago. 33 hands are con- 
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• December 19-21: Gainesville Ft: Music Fest 

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• March 14: San Francisco €A; Anarchist Book Fair 

The third annual Anarchist Book Fair, eosponsored by 
AK Press and Bound Together Books, will take place Saturday 
March 14 from 10 am to 5 pm. For more information contact 
AK Press at akpress#akpress.org or 415-$64-08(i2 . More informa- 
tion next month. 

• May 15 : 17; Kalamsoo Ml: Midwest Orris Fest 

* This is a ga thering for women which will include w orkshops, 
films, music, a scavenger hunt, picnic, dance-off, and a lot more. It 
is open to men as well. For more h i on confirmed events/ 

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By Lisa J. 

I was watching tv the other 
day and saw this commercial that 
caught my eye. It was in black and 
white, with a voice over done by 
Richard Dreyfuss. It contained im- 
ages and film footage of influen- 
tial people, or "rebels and individ- 
ualists", as Dreyfuss explained, like 
Albert Einstien, Dr. Martin Luth- 
er King Jr., Amelia Earhart, Mar- 
tha Graham, John Lennon, Pablo 
Picasso, Ted Turner and that Vir- 
gin Records/airline exec. Richard 
something or other, as well as a 
bunch of other people I didn't rec- 
ognize. I wondered what it was a 
commercial for, then I realized it 
was for Apple Computer. It was 
kind of neat to see these people 
who were in fact rebels and cre- 
ative geniuses in my opinion and 
who were my he roes.... it kind of 
gave me a warm fuzzy 
feeling... until I saw the images of 
Ted Turner, and that Virgin 
Records executive. 

What type of message is be- 
ing conveyed here? Are we to as- 
sume that Picasso, or even Dr. 
King can be compared to say, Ted 



Turner or other business persons? 
I think not. I don't think we can put 
Ghandi and Dr. King in the same 
category as Ted Turner, what Pic- 
asso or Martha Graham accom- 
plished are also very different from 
what that Virgin records executive 
has done. The motives of these peo- 
ple were/are completely opposite: 
civil rights and human rights do not 
follow the same theories as corpo- 
rate monopolies, greed, and busi- 
ness ethics. 

Apple is wrong to put these 
people who are polar opposites in 
the same commercial. The real 
rebels and creative geniuses (King, 
Ghandi, Picasso, Einstein, etc.) in 
the commercial were in fact rebels 
in their own time and their accom- 
plishments are to be admired and 
respected. Apple's advertising has 
created a very deceptive image of 
who is and is not a rebel, or indi- 
vidualist, or "crazy" person, as was 
mentioned in the commercial. One 
might begin to consider that indeed 
you can put all of these artists, ac- 
tivists, and business people in the 
same category. But, it's something 
to think twice about. • 






January 1007 



infoshop contacts 

This list of infoshop contact addresses was compiled by Chuck 
Munson. And while it's big, it's by no means exhaustive. 

•ABC No Rio -Lies Collective 

1 56 Rivington Street, NYC Authonomy House 

10002 POB 11015 

Web: http://www.panix.com/ Salt Lake City, UT 94147 



blackout/abcnorio. html 
blackout @ panix . com 
•A Space 

4722 Baltimore Avenue 
Philadelphia, PA 19143 
•Blackout Books 
50 Avenue B 
NYC, NY 10009 
http://www.panix.com 
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blackout @ panix.com 
•Long Haul 
3124 Shattuck Ave 
Berkeley, C A 94705 
•Autonomous Zone 
1573 N.Milwaukee #420 
Chicago, IL 60622 
•Bound Together Books 
1369HaightSt. 
San Francisco, CA 941 17 



•Crescent Wrench Books/ 
Autonome Distribution 
PO Box 30058 
New Orleans, LA 70190 
•The Third Place 
PO Box 1266 
Venice, FL 34284-1266 
snyder@virtu.sar.usf.edu 
•Civic Media Center 
1021 W. University 
Gainesville, FL 32603 
•Right to Existence 
177 Market St 
Patterson, NJ 07508 
•Newspeak 
5 Steeple Street 
Providence, RI 02903 
•Last Elm Cafe 
160 N Winooski 
Burlington, VT 05401 
•Firecracker/Worcester 



•Germinal Infoshop, 
UCSD Student Center 0323-Z Autonomy Center 
La Jolla, CA 92093-0323 9A Portland Street 
germinal@burn.ucsd.edu Worchester, MA 01608 



•Rainbow Bookstore Coop 

426 W Gilman 

Madison, WI 53706 

•Lucy Parsons Center 

3 Central sq. 

Cambridge, MA 02 139 

•Libraire Alternative 

2035 Blvd St. Laurent 

Montreal, PQ 

H2X 2T3 CANADA 

•Mondragon/Emma 

Goldman Grassroots Centre 

1A- 9 Albert St. 

Winnipeg, MB 

R3B 1G5 

•The Activist Center 

618-620 View St. 

Victoria, BC 

V8V1J6 CANADA 

•Who's Emma 

66 1/2 Nassau St. 

Toronto, ON 

M5T 1M5 

•Wooden Shoe Books 

508 S. 5th Street 

Philadelphia, PA 19147 

Outside North America: 

•Barricade Books InfoShop 
115 Sydney Road, 
Brunswick, Melbourne 
infoshop@bedlam.apana.org.au 



•Black Rose Anarchist 

Bookshop 

583a King Str, Newtown 

Sydney 2042 

cat@lyst.apana.org.au 

//www.usyd.edu.au/ 

-sfraser/cat 

•Jura Books 

110 Crystal Street 

Petersham NSW 2049 

Austrailia 

jura@chaos.apana.org.au 

•Emma's Bookshop 

82A Vulture Str. 

West End 

Brisbane 4101 

Austrailia 

•centro social libertario 

Ateneo Libertario 

Apartado 3141 

E-50b80 ZARAGOZA 

Aragon - SPAIN 

•56A Infoshop, 

56 Crampton St. 

Kennington, London 

SE17 

•1-2-1 Center 

121 RailtonRd. 

Brixton, London SE24 

OLR 

•Freedom Bookshop 

84b Whitechapel HighSt. 

London El 7QX 



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•Norwich Solidarity Centre 

Unit 13, Muspole Workshops 

Muspole St 

Norwich NR3 1DJ 

•1 in 12 Club 

21-23 Albion St 

Bradford BD1 2LI 

•News From Nowhere Bookshop 

112 Bold Street 

Liverpool LI 4HY 

GERMANY:(only a partial list) 

•Infogruppe Hamburg 
Brigittenstrasse 5 
20359 Hamburg 
ifghh@krabat.nadir.org 
•Infoladen Schlagloch 
Klamenzer Str. 17 HH 
D-0 1067 Dresden 
infoladen_schlagloch@hnk- 
dd.zer 

•Infoladen Ansto8/cafe 
Subversiv 
Brunnenstr. 6/7 
D-101 19 Berlin 
•Infoladen Bambule 
Schonhauser Allee 20 
D- 10435 Berlin 
•Bandito Rosso 
Lottumstr. 10a 
Prenzlauer Berg 
D-101 19 Berlin 




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•Baobab Infoladen Eine Welt 


•Infoladen Flensburg 


•C.S.O Corto Circuito 


1-33 1 70 Pordenone c.p. 


C/ de la cera 1 bis 


Winsstr. 53 


Hafermarkt 6 


Via Filippo Serafini 57 


•C.S.O A. Gramigna 


E-08001 Barcelona 




D- 10405 Berlin 


D- 24943 Flensburg 


Lamaro 


viaMontBn.100 


ellokal@pangea.upc.es 




•Entweder-oder 


•Info-Cafe im Alhambra 


•C.S.O el Garage 


1-351 00 Padova 


•Centro Social Libertario 




Oderbergerstr. 14 


Hermannstr. 83 


Via Carlo Tranfo 


•C.S.O. Pedro 


Coso, 186 




D- 10435 Berlin 


D-26 135 Oldenburg 


San Basilio 


Via Ticino 


E-50001 Zaragoza 


1 


•Infoladen/Rat Pub cafe 


•Infoladen Schnick Schnak 


•C.S.O.A Forte 


1-35134 Padova 




Kastanienallee 85/86 


Borchener Str 


Prenestino 


•C.S.A. Ex Emerson 


CZECH REPUBLIC 




D- 10435 Berlin 


Postfach 1334 


Via Federico Delpino 


Via Bardazzi 


•Black Hand 


1 


•Kreuzbuhro 


D-33043 Paderborn 


Centocelle 


1-50100 Firenze 


Kafkova 9 




Grossbeerenstr. 89 


•Infoladen "Anschlag" 


1-00 100 Roma 


•Spazio Libertario 


16000 Praha 6 Dej vice 




D- 10963 Berlin 


Heeperstr. 132 


•C.S.O La Strada 


ViaFucini 18 


•Squat Ladronka 




•El Locco 


D-33607 Bielefeld 


Via Passino 24 


1-56100 Pisa 


PO Box 223 




Kreuzbergstr. 43 


•Infocafe Nix Da 


Garbatella 


•C.S.A. Macchia Nera 


11121 Praha 1 




D- 10965 Berlin 


Kiefernstr. 15 


//ww w . ecn . org/la.strada/ 


via s.Michele degli 






•Nachladen 


D-40233 Dhsseldorf 


•C.S.O 


Scalzi n. 176 






Waldemarstr. 36 


•Infoladen Wuppertal 


Laurentinokkupato 


1-56100 Pisa 


SLOVENIA 




D- 10999 Berlin 


Brunnenstr. 41 


Via Giuliotti 8 (6° ponte) 


•C.S.O.A. Godzilla 


•Skrati Retina Metalkova 




•Omega 65 


D-42 105 Wuppertal 


00143 RM 


via dei Mulina n.29 


Ulice 6 




Sparrstr. 21 


•Laden 


Laurentino 38 


1-57100 Li vorno (LI) 


1000 Ljubljana 




Wedding 


c/o Braunschweiger Str 22. 


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D-l 3353 Berlin 


D-44145 Dortmund 


commerce/ 


GREECE 




(Responsible for distributing 


•Infobuhro 


tmcrew/csa/138/138.htm 


•Squatted Activity Centre 






mail to other Berlin Infoshops, 


Dhppelstr. 35 


•C.S.O Vittorio Occupato 


Po Box 31827 


SWEDEN 




write to 'distribute') 


D-44789 Bochum 


Lungomare Toscanelli 


Athens 10035 ^ 


•Linkoping infoshop, and 




•Papiertiger 


•Initiativzentrum 


184 




Some Anarchist Hackers 




Cuvrystr. 25 


Weberstr. 79 


Ostia Lido 




(Nogra Anarkistiska 




Kreuzberg 


D-45879 Gelsenkirchen 


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LUXEMBOURG 


Hackare) 




D- 10997 Berlin 


•Infoladen Bazille 


commerce/ 


•Selbstverwalt 


cardell @ lysator.liu.se 




(Responsible for distributing 


c/o Druckluft 


tmcrew/csa/vittorio/ 


Jugendzentrum 


•Bokhandeln INFO 


j . 


mail to other Berlin Infoshops, 


Am F'rderturm 27 


vittor.htm 


Letzebuerg 1, 


Tjarhovsgatan44 




write to 'distribute') 


D-46049 Oberhausen 


•C.S.O Zona a Ri'schio 


Place des bains 


Stockholm 




•Rat und Tat 


•Infoladen Bankrott 


Via D. De Dominicis 4 


L- 1 2 1 2 Luxembourg 






Liebenwalder St. 16 


c/o FS Politik 


Casal bertone 


HOLLAND 




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D- 1093 Berlin 


Scharnhorststr. 103 


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•Infokafee de Kolk 


DENMARK 




•Infoladen Zehlendorf/cafe 


D-48151 Mhnster 


commerce/ 


PB 3762 


•Kafa-x Infoshop 




chaos 


•Umweltzentrum 


tmcrew/csa/zonar/ 


NL-1001 AN Amsterdam 


Blagardsgate 12 




Machnower Str. 19a 


Scharnhorststr. 57 


zonahome.htm 


•De Invalshoek Infoshop 


DK-2200 Kobenhavn N 




D-14165 Berlin 


D-48151 Mhnster 


•Circolo Culturale Valeria 


Koppenhinksteeg 2 


•Autonomt info 




•Squat Villa Eckestein 


•Zentrum 


Verbano 


NL-2312HX Leiden 


Elmegade 27 




Berliner Str. 90 


HinterderSch'nen 


Piazza delle Immacolata 


•Infoshop Phoenix 


DK-2200 Kobenhavn N 




D-15344Strausberg 


Aussicht 1 1 


28/29 


Stieltjesstraat 38 


•Ungdomshuset 




•Frauenbuchladen/ 


D-603 11 Frankfurt a.M. 


1-00185 Roma 


NL-3071 JX Rotterdam 


Jagtvej 69 




"Anarchafeministinnen 


•Infoladen Offenbach 


•C.S.A. Murazzi 


•Infocafe Assata 


DK-2200 Kobenhavn N. 




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Frankfurterstr. 63 hh 


Via Murazzi del Po 25/27 


Koninginnelaan 1 


•Nyt Forum 




Bismarckstr, 98 


D-63067 Offenbach 


1-10124 Torino 


NL-6542 Nijmegen 


Badsmandsstraede 43 




D-20253 Hamburg 




•C.S.O. El Paso 


•Wilde Wereld 


DK- 1407 Kobenhavn H 




•Libert® res Zentrum 


AUSTRIA: 


Via Passo Buole 47 


Burgtstraat 3 






Karolinenstrasse 21 , Haus 2 


•Infoladen 10 


1-10127 Torino 


NL-6701 DA Wageningen 






D-20367 Hamburg 


Portiersloge 


•Centro sociale Anarchico 


•Infoshop Groningen 


NORWAY 




•Nautilus-Buchladen 


Wielandg. 2-4 


via Torricelli 19 


Postbus2107 


•Blitz 




Bahrenfelder str. 68 


HOOWien 


20136 Milano 


NL-9704 CC Groningen 


Pilestredet 30 c 




D-22765 Hamburg 


infoladen@giga.or.at 


mcxxxx@mclink.it 


(Steentilstraat 38) 


N-0146Oslo 




tel: (49) 40-380-9537 


•Autonome Frauenzentrum 


•Centro Autogestito 




•Bokkafeen & 




•Infoladen ASSATA 


Frauenbeisl 


Garibaldi 




Futurum Forlag/Gateavisa 




c/o Alternative 


Michael Gaismair str. 8 


Corso Garibaldi 89/b 


BELGIUM 


Hjelmsgt.3 




AufderWailhalbinsel27 


A-6020 Innsbruck 


ang. via Cazzaniga 


•Centre Libertaire 


N-0355 Oslo 3 




D-23554 Lhbeck 


•Infoladen Graz 


1-20100 Milano 


65 Rue du Midi 


gateavis@sn.no 




•Autonome Infogruppe 


Schillerstr. 7/19 


•C.S.O.A. Sobbalzo 


lOOOBruxelles 


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Schweffelstr. 6 


A-8010Graz 


Via Garesso Imperia O 








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1-18100 Imperia 








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Jungfernstieg 17 


C.S.O.A. = Centro Sociale 


Via Vecchiora 1 5 


•La Plume Noire 


•Innherredsun. 69c 




D-24103Kiel 


Occupato Autogestito / Self 


Casta de Murlo strada 


19 Rue Pierre Blanc 


N-7002 Trondheim 




•The Prax 


governing squated 


Vignale 


69001 Lyon 






c/o T-stube 


social center 


1-19100 La Spezia 








PB506 


•C.S.OCasalBernocchi 


•C.S.O.A. Arkano 








Im Stadtpark 


Via Guido Biagi 21 


viaCanaletto n.5 


SPAIN 






D-24768 Rendsburg 


Casal Bernocchi 


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Sometimes you come across a song that ceases right at 
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perfectly along, the instruments are gelled, but the 
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song's totalization, it ellipsis. You get the feeling the 
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you figure it out) that engage vagary with humor and wink with a shrug at a most 
pertinent time here at the end of the millennium. 
Do 1 hear the term 'passive cynicism "? 
Nah. Just read it. — PC Simonelli 

Commodify Your Dissent: Salvos from the Baffler • edited by Thomas Frank 

and Matt Weiland 

287 pages • $15 

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sorta-yearly journal, you know how great its analysis of 
corporate culture is, If you're a relative neophyte, like 
me (I'd only seen two of its nine issues before I read 
this), then you've got a lot of great reading ahead of you 
This collection of the best bits from the first eight issues 
makes it easy to catch up with the only truly essential 
journal being published today. 

For a collection of essays by over a dozen 

different contributors, Commodify Your Dissent makes a 

remarkably clear and cohesive statement. It's something 

like this: culture has become the economic engine of the global capitalist roadster 

The new corporate order is built not on steel, lumber and wheat but on video 

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importance, and the corresponding concentration of control over it, agitating 
for radical social change via mass culture is today a more impotent, more co- 
optable enterprise than ever. 

But this book is also a lot more fun than that sounds. Almost every page is 
filled with dead-on insights and revelations about subjects that most political 
commentary either gets wrong or ignores altogether. The first of the four sections, 
"The Rebel Consumer," is so alive with bitter energy that it feels like the book 
could leap out of your hands. Baffler co-editor Thomas Frank's classic "Why Johnny 
Can't Dissent," Maura Mahoney's great dissection of the briefly trendy neo-beatnik 
scene, and Keith White's journeys through the pages of Details and Wired should 
be read by every cool-strip habitue in every city in America. Half of the assholes in 
any given coffeehouse are here, correctly identified as essential components of 
capitalisms newest mutation. The book's other sections are almost as crackling, 
dealing with everything from "thriving-on chaos" management theory and Quentin 
Tarantino to state lotteries and "Celebration," the Disney-built and Disney-owned 
town of 20,000 in Florida. Despite the topical sprawl, it's all seamlessly consistent, 
with a theoretical framework so sturdy and coherent that it's almost invisible. Oh 
yeah, and there's an index, a rarity in essay anthologies like this. 

If you're at all interested in any of this stuff, even just a little, you need 
to read this book, and the Baffler itself. The current issue ('9), focuses on labor, 
adding even more kitchen-sink realism to what, in anyone else's hands, would 
be turgidly flimsy know-it-all musings. It's available from the Baffler at POB 378293, 
Chicago, IL 60637. I'm going to go now, every minute you spend reading this is 
one less minute you have to read Commodify Your Dissent —Jason Useless 

The Heart of Progress: An Illustrated Guide * Paul Klem 

60 pages * $11 

Black Crow Books • POB 414 ■ Station E • Toronto • Ont ■ M6H 4E3 * Canada 

Although there are many truths in this book, they are all 
truths that I mastered in my angst-ridden adolescence 
when it was first becoming clear to me how many of my 
childhood beliefs were lies. These truths are: Capitalism 
sucks, work is degrading and demoralizing, the media is 
a tool of conformity that numbs the mind and spirit. In 
sixty pages of text and illustrations, Paul Klem manages 
to say nothing more profound than these things which 
have been stated and restated on every punk record made 
in the past 20 years. 

It's been said that "God is in the details," and 
indeed, the arrangement of the details is all that separates Macbeth from the 
latest Sidney Sheldon potboiler. Detail is the main factor that's absent from The 
Heart of Progress, and with it, insight. Klem's text is nothing more than a linked 
series of slogans aimed at the monstrous system that holds us all in its clutches. 
There is little continuity of theme between each enraged declaration, so that the 
text as a whole fails to form an overall pattern that would grant new revelations 
about why the modern world is the way it is. More remarkable, especially for a 
work that purports to be revolutionary in intent, there is no hope. 

Perhaps this last is not so remarkable after all, it is a common feature of 
revolutionaries and radicals of all stripes to become so wrapped up in theory 
that they reduce their beloved masses to abstract symbols more effectively than 
the oppressive Establishment does. This is precisely what Klem does, page after 
page, he rants about how dismal the industrialized world is, its crushing 
conformity, but nowhere does he provide the possibility or even the reason for 
fighting for an alternative. The masses he depicts seem to be just as monstrous 
and mean-spirited as the system that oppresses them, and nowhere does he 
depict a spark of humanity that would make them worth saving. According to 
Klem, "We are Big Brother watching Ourselves/Media as Propaganda tool/ 
Homoginizing (sic) and Streamlining/The Collective (un)Consciousness/Hiding in 
the bosom of Humanity/The Maggot parasitic partaking the Host." 

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our true parasitic nature. That this should manifest itself throughout the entire 
book is ironic, since Klem condemns the stance in others: "Citing the Inevitability 
of it All, we say,/We have no choice, this is Human Nature." But Klem himself 
gives no reason that it should not be inevitable. All he can do is recite his "litany 
of horror" and "cloak/[Himselfl in Depravity and wear it as a Luminous garment." 

The nihilism of this is not only reactionary and contemptible, it's boring. 
As I said before, I've heard all this before, I can name scores of three-minute 
songs which cover the same issues with more wit and depth than Klem can manage 
in sixty pages. All he can provide are self-indulgent strings of anarchist cliches 
about the rape of the earth, Judeo-Christian hypocrisy, the destructive phallocracy, 
and Capitalism gnawing on its own corpse. 

Klem's drawings are slightly more interesting than his writing. The pictures 
are high-contrast black and white line drawings that show the various degradations 
and tortures that are depicted in the text. They are competent, but not gripping. 
Underground artists like Peter Kuper and Seth Tobocman have used similar techniques 
and subject matter to far better effect. That Klem cannot achieve a similar power in 
his own art is attributable largely to his ideological oversimplifications and less to 
his technical skill. As with the text, the pictures are emotionally monotonal, expressing 
the same thing over and over again, until it seems that there's no point in looking at 
another one, nothing new is revealed, anyway. 

Klem's relentless barrage of pessimism and gloom is no more realistic than 
the treacly platitudes that come out of books like The Ceiestine Prophecy, and in a 
strange way, they can be said to be ideological kin. Both reduce the volatile dynamics 
of human nature into neat dichotomies that allow for the formulation of simple 
moral statements, if The Ceiestine Prophecy is the literary incarnation of Pollyana, 
The Heart of Progress is Pollyana turned inside-out, like a glove. The intent of both 
is to comfort the reader (and the writer) by providing them with an easily 
understandable world view. In short, The Heart of Progress makes no progress 
towards anything, but simply wallows in the status quo. — Chris Hall 

Not Wet Yet • Ian Shoales 

268 pages * $15 

2. 13.61 * POB 1910 • Los Angeles * CA • 90078 



Not Wet Yet presents fifteen years of self-defined cultural 
sniper Ian Shoales' commentary on subjects ranging from 
the Gulf War to Macaulay Culkin. Many of the pieces 
have been culled from work Shoales did for public radio, 
newspapers and the online magazine Salon. Formatted 
in alphabetized entries, the sarcastic, bombastic Not Wet 
Yet puts the "dick" back in "dictionary." And I mean that 
in the nicest way. 

Shoales is adept at zeroing in on the puffed-up 
hypocrisy we know and love as American culture. A San 
Francisco native, he jeers at the official attitude of a city 
which frowns on graffiti yet has succumbed to the humiliation of a baseball 
stadium named 3-Com Park. In an entry entitled "Pennies," he talks about the 
idiomatic worth of copper. "A thought's worth only a penny, an opinion two 
cents. How American— a thought is worth exactly half that of a thoughtless 
opinion." Shoales' political commentary avoids the dreary tones of the ideologue, 
instead making a point by pointing out the absurd. In a 1991 rant on the Gulf War 
entitled "Punchlines in the Sand" Shoales writes: 

"Just last week, at the fiasco in Geneva, Iraqi Foreign Minister Tarik 
Aziz refused to accept George Bush's letter to Saddam Hussein, saying it didn't 
contain 'polite language.' Aziz should talk! He opens and reads a letter addressed 
to another guy? That's not only rude, it's a federal offense. If President Bush had 
placed postal authorities in Switzerland, the way a far thinking global leader 
would have, we could've busted the guy and ended our standoff right there. But 
you can't really accuse George Bush of thinking ahead. He can't even pronounce 
Saddam' properly. You'd think if you were angling to obliterate a guy, you'd at 
least get his name right." 




Not all the entries in Not Wet Yet are winners. At times Shoales is just 
coasting, when he stoops to riff off that tired comedic stand-by— the "Do Not Remove" 
tag on mattresses.) Some of the entries go on too long and/or aren't especially 
humorous. The "Tonya/Nancy" entry is an epic list of inane analogies comparing 
the sickly sweet skater with the horsy grin and the rival who had to beat her to beat 
her. "Tonya is to Nancy as a doughnut to a bagel, white wine to red... Tonya might 
be a addiction, and Nancy habit, but if Tonya is habit, Nancy is cold turkey. If Tonya 
is cold turkey, Nancy is a twelve step program, but if Tonya is a twelve step program, 
then Nancy has always been a teetotaler ..." And so it lumbers on for two whole 
pages like the bizarre hallucinations of a high school student who's stayed up too 
long studying for his/her SAT's. For me, these sorts of beating-a-not-funny-to-begin- 
with-horse routines brought on terrifying flashbacks of sitting in front of the TV 
watching tepid Saturday Night Live sketches, gritting my teeth and cursing my pathetic 
social life. Luckily the few rotten apples don't spoil the whole bunch, and you can 
always skip one entry and go on to the next. 

The entries range from 1982 to 1996 and Shoales addresses this in an 
introductory disclaimer: "Some of you may complain that this is just a repackaging 
of material that appeared in my first collection, / Gotta Go, spiced up with more 
outmoded commentary on people and events that have come and gone. To which 
I reply, 'Okay what's your point?... Think of this collection as a time capsule ." 
Sometimes Shores has added asterisked updates to the original text which create 
another level of humor. In a 1983 entry Shoales bemoans the ubiquitous presence 
of John Travolta's perfect physique, so different from his own pale puniness. In his 
1996 addition to the text Shoales notes with glee: "Happily, John Travolta now 
looks like every other middle-aged guy." However it can't be denied that some of 
the entries do bear the problem of being slightly dated— not new enough to be 
cutting edge, too recent to be retro. (Who really wants to read about Roger Rabbit?) 
Though retro-chic does seem to be creeping closer and closer to the current year. 
I can accept looking to the sixties for style ideas, even the seventies— but Reagan 
era pop culture is still warm in its grave and we've all started digging it up and 
cooing over it with nostalgic recollection. All of us except Reagan of course, who 
can't recollect where his underwear drawer is. Ironically, when he told the lran- 
Contra investigators he couldn't remember anything it was probably the one time 
during his administration that he told the truth. Well, here I go on a snide rambling 
tangent about our useless society. And I'm usually such an earnest, guileless, sweet 
sort of girl. Ian Shoales must be responsible for this. If you don't believe me, go 
read his book. See what happens to you. — Melissa Klein 



The Australian Various Artist on Cassette: 1978-1996 • compiled by Paul 

McHenry and Chris Spencer 

80 pages • $15 

Moonlight Publishing • POB 5 • Golden Square • 3555 • Australia 

A friend once explained, at great length, the reasons why 
cassettes are the worst format for music, even above 
eight-track, quad and Victrola cylinders. Cassettes sound 
bad, they fall apart after a few years, and they're the 
only format you'll find lying in the gutter along with empty 
cigarette packs and used condoms. I agree, though there 
have been hundreds of bands that owe whatever 
recognition they ever received to their self-produced 
demo, for better or worse. Most of these tapes never 
survived more than a few weeks after leaving the dubbing 
deck, but apparently someone's been taking notes 
The Australian Various Artist on Cassette is just what you would imagine, 
a catalog listing every (?) punk, new wave, and 'indie' cassette compilation 
released on that continent over an eighteen year period. Listing band names, 
song titles, artwork, and occasional commentary, it includes around 200 releases 
to boggle your mind. Although it's an interesting source of funny Australian band 
names and song titles (I would like to hear Ugly Ugly Ugly's track, "Living in a 
Sponge" off the "Rim of Hell" tape that they shared with the Iguana Twins and the 




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Purple Caesars), the odds of ever finding, hearing and enjoying any of these 
tapes is next to zero. What you're left reads more like a phone book for a city 
that you're never planning on visiting. I'm not sure if the fifteen bucks is due to 
the US/Australia exchange rate, but this could have been contained in a xeroxed 
zine for a fourth of the cost 

Nice idea— maybe it should have come with a cassette or two itself, or 
maybe an interactive CD ROM As it stands, it'll fit perfectly in the space between 
your mother's bound collection of Martha Stewart's Living and your father's stamp 
collection. Get to it —Jeff A. Heermann 

Notes From Underground: Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture 

Stephen Duncombe 

240 pages • $19 

Verso • 180 Varick Street • New York • NY • 10014-4606 

It kinda creeps me out 

Being studied like a rare bug under an academic 
microscope that is. In fairness Stephen Duncombe, author 
of Notes From Underground, is "one of us." The book's 
title comes from a zine Stephen used to publish, and he 
is involved in two areas related to zine culture, leftist 
politics and punk rock. I also agree with much of what he 
has to say on the subject of zines. But it's still creepy to 
see things I'm involved with investigated in a scholastic 
fashion. 

Duncombe takes a page from his own analysis to 
try and make this effort his own by personalizing it. Yet Notes From Underground 
remains a formalists work In chapter one he presents his thesis ("...zines and 
underground culture offer up an alternative, a way of understanding and acting in 
the world that operates with different rules and upon different values than those of 
consumer capitalism [...I an alternative fraught with contradictions and limitations, 
but also possibilities"), then discusses matters of definition, evidence and 
methodology. He draws the parameters of zine culture in the following four chapters 
on identity, community, work and consumption, Chapters six and seven delve into 
what happens when this underground is coopted by the status quo, and the tension 
in the underground between purity and selling out that this produces. How all this 
relates to politics comes in chapter nine, followed by a conclusion essentially 
restating his thesis with a twist, and lots of footnotes. Despite the prominent use of 
the first person, this book was clearly written by a professor. 

Duncombe does a fine job in applying Marx to his subject with respect to 
alienation, relations and conditions of production, commodity fetishism, etc. He has 
a knack for summarizing his ideas with vivid one-liners as when he states: '[zlines 
foster a community of losers within a society that celebrates winners" or when he 
asserts: "[slo long as the politics of underground culture remain the politics of culture, 
they will remain a virtual politics" or when he concludes: "utopia is a lie — though a 
necessary one." He is convincing when he contends that zine culture is almost entirely 
negative, obtaining its identity, activity and community in opposition to the dominant 
culture He sharply dissects the contradictions within contradictions with respect to 
Gunderloy's FactsheetFivevs. Friedman's Factsheet Five. And he is particularly good 
at placing zines in the historical context of self-publishing in this country, situating 
them as well within the context of the American bohemian tradition which he accurately 
pegs by writing: "[flor what gives bohemia its love and rage and creativity is its uneasy 
embrace with the enemy." 

Today's vast, variegated zine culture has its origins in San Francisco and 
punk fandom as Duncombe states, yet he is unable to adequately cover the whole 
field or to convincingly define either its essence or its overarching features. This 
forces him to narrow his focus to punk related zine culture, and while he cites an 
impressive number and variety of zines to prove his points, ultimately he relies 
upon a zine short list (MRR t Slug 6 Lettuce, Dishwasher, and a few others) to stitch 
together his main arguments. Would his conclusions be different if he had picked a 
different short list of zines? He also has this annoying habit of throwing out closelJ 



related but by no means identical terms in a confusing thesaurus style. Thus we 
have the "politics of authenticity," "personalized politics, "*the "politics of 
underground culture" and the "politics of culture" following one another in rapid 
fire, to the reader's potential bewilderment. This becomes highly problematic when 
he equates by proximity bohemian culture, which he insightfully contends is 
dependent for its existence upon the negation of the dominant culture, with 
Gramsci's counterhegemonic culture. Counterhegemonic culture is nothing less than 
a part of the "negation of the negation," the creation of socialist society and culture. 

Finally, the contradictions Duncombe sees in zine culture become 
somewhat suspect once it is learned that of the two great loves in his life- 
radical politics and underground culture— both bitterly disappointed him. In 
appraising his current love— zines and zine culture— after being burned twice, 
he waffles between infatuation and distrust. He can write: "ftlhe underground 
[zinel culture is so desperate to ride away from the dominant society that away 
becomes its only direction" only to comment a few pages later "lajgainst a world 
dragging you back, they Izines) keep you moving forward " This ambiguity begs 
the question, are all the contradictions Duncombe details out in the real world 
or are some of them only in his head? 

These flaws and the book's sometimes pedantic approach aside, Notes From 
Underground is an indepth and thought provoking study of the phenomenon of 
zines. Needless to say, I agree wholeheartedly with Duncombe that it is crucial to 
"make a political move up through the underground world of zines," from the 
negation that is zine culture to the negation of the negation that is socialism. Now, 
if he'd only get the name Industrial Workers of the World right. — "Lefty" Hooligan 

Real Live Nude Girl • Carol Queen 

216 pages • $14.95 

Cleis Press ■ POB 14684 • San Jrancisco • CA • 94114 

I adore this woman. But to know her is to adore her. 
And how could you not? Carol Queen must be the busiest 
woman in San Francisco. Not a single week goes by 
without mention of something she did or is doing to 
further the advancement and acceptance of sex and sex 
workers. As a feminist performance artist, a bisexual 
activist, a sex educator and a self proclaimed unabashed 
whore, she puts the positive in sex-positive. Carol Queen 
is the thinking woman's role model. Attractive, 
intelligent, butch, femme, boy and girl all wrapped up 
in a peroxided package of sincere sexuality. She's a lover 
and a fighter. Every chapter of her life brings new insight and new contradictions, 
she constantly questions society's paradigms as she tries unsuccessfully to find 
her niche, a feminist sex object, a lesbian/bisexual in love with a gay man, an 
anti-porn activist who's never seen any. But with Queen everything is possible 
and it makes a lot more sense than what is considered "normal." 

Real Live Nude Girl doesn't miss a thing. Queen finds and defines the 
hypocrisy in every community and institution. Bi-phobia amongst lesbian and gays, 
sexual obsession amongst Christian fundamentalists, feminists delegitamizing sex 
workers, uneducated medical doctors, dominant submissives and rigidity amongst 
separatists. Since I do not view sex workers and SM aficionados as deviant, for me, 
Queen's most powerful points are about gaining acceptance into the queer 
communities. Understandably, generations of ignorance and hostility take its toll 
as gays and lesbians desperately try to create "safe spaces" for themselves. But 
Queen describes how the 20th century creation of "identity politics" or defining 
individuals by their behavior has caused a compulsory homosexuality far worse 
than any Kinsey scale. Heterophobia, bi-phobia, and even sexism within the gay 
male community is prevalent Bisexuality, since it contradicts everyone's definition 
of "normalcy" may be the only hope since it exposes that there is no clear boundary 
between hetero and homosexuality. Recognizing the commonalties we share may 
be the best way to learn respect and accept our differences. As Queen descries in 
an incident that occurred at a bisexual conference she hosted: 





"To my surprise, bisexual women and men who attended the workshop 
had a slightly different agenda. As they spoke, it dawned on me that these people, 
drawn together to share the common experience of a sexual identity, were passing 
the sexual to talk about wanting to 'come out' as themselves. They wanted to 
claim all parts of themselves, not just the erotic. Ironically, it was that possibility 
of sexual acceptance (so often the hardest of acceptance to achieve) that led 
them at assert the desire to be all of who they were." 

For those who do have negative attitudes toward sex, Real Live Nude Girl 
does a superb job in exposing the ignorance and fear that eventually led to the 
delegitimization of sex work, violence against women and religious fundamentalists 
fervor against sexual behavior. In one particularly amiising chapter, Queen eloquently 
points out the obvious hypocrisy intrinsic to anti-sex activists. 

"Crusading against other peoples' sexual behavior and images lets them 
wallow in the very safe form of sexual obsession. I believe that this becomes 
intrinsic to the way they relate to sex, that their focus on awful, beyond-the-pale 
sexuality far overshadows the importance of actual body-to-body sex in their 
own lives. I believe their voyeuristic judgmental peeping on other forms of sex 
is, in fact, these peoples' sexual orientation." 

As always, it's do as I say, not as I do. 

What I love about Carol Queen is that she keeps us on our toes. In a society 
that reveres difference, she points out that discrimination is a two way street. And 
to quote the great Audre Lorde, "You can't use the master's tools to dismantle the 
master's house." As the movement of nonconformity gains acceptance, we find 
ourselves creating new sets of rules and modes of dress and behavior in order to 
label ourselves as deviants. Punks, Castro clones, stone butch dykes, mod prims, 
leatherfolk all fall into the same trap of believing that the extreme is the only way 
to send a message. And only those who conform to their set rules will be accepted 
as nonconformists. In addition, taking pride in how far we can deviate from th 
norm only legitimizes the very system we are trying to reject. So fuck it all and be 
yourself. A punk who likes hip-hop, a feminist who loves getting fucked, a lesbian 
barfly, a gay priest. Just don't be a hypocrite cuz there ain't a dress code for bisexual, 
pro-sex feminist strippers who fuck gay men, but Queen's out there to remind us 
that there is always someone queerer. — Catherine Cook 

Grossed-Out Surgeon Vomits Inside Patient!. An Insider's Look at Supermarket 

Tabloids * Jim Hogshire 

147 pages • $12.95 

Feral House ■ 2532 Lincoln Blvd ■ Suite 359 • Venice • CA • 90291 

Admit it, you've looked at them as you stood in line at the 
supermarket. You've picked them up at the Laundromat 
You've stolen them from your grandparent's house. You've 
even bought a couple of them "just for fun." Why are tabloids 
so appealing? Why does it seem that as you stand in line 
with your groceries, that these papers reach out and grab 
you by the throat? Jim Hogshire knows why, as a former 
tabloid employee he knows the industry inside and out. In 
Grossed-Out, Hogshire reveals all the little secrets about 
these newspapers and the organizations that run them. 

Hogshire traces the history of tabloids back to 
the English broadsides of the early 17th century. At that time, Jemmy Catnach 
founded one of the earliest regularly published broadsheets, The Newgate Calendar 
which focused on the happenings at London's Newgate Prison. Catnach discovered 
early on that his readership loved tragedy. The Newgate adapted a "Give the 
people what they want!" style which continues to be the formula of success for 
today's tabloids (pain and misery-$). 

The first American tabloid, New York Evening Graphic, hit in 1924 and focused 
on reporting the news through photographs and confessional type stories. The man 
behind the paper, Bernarr MacFadden also invented the "composograph" or altered 
photos. These photos were employed just as they are today, to grab the readers 
attention just long enough to get them to buy the paper. Hogshire also gives the 




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reader the history of the fuzzy out of focus "caught in the act" type pictures that a 
large majority of the tabloids still thrive on today. Robert Harrison and his magazine 
Confidential were the first to use these photographs as well as altered photos (cut 
and paste technique), hidden mics, tape recorders and even strong arm techniques 
to get stories for his magazine. None of these things techniques are used in today's 
tabloids though, I mean, that would be lying to the public, right? 

Hogshire then compares the mainstream press to the tabs and explains 
that much of what you read in the mainstream press is presented in much the 
same manner as it would be in the tabloids. The only difference is that the 
mainstream press claims "This story is 100% fact." The tabloids never make that 
statement, and are chastised as being fake and corrupt. In reality the tabloids 
and the mainstream press are one and the same, a business developed to serve a 
readership for monetary gain. In fact, in 1988 Time Inc. "joined the fray to buy 
The National Enquirer" 

The big six of tabloid journalism are examined next: National Enquirer, 
Weekly World News, The Sun, The Star, The Globe and The National Examiner. 
Hogshire details some facts on these tabloids, their huge circulation's, what each 
paper covers and avoids covering. 

While the big six may not all cover the same type of material, they do 
have one thing in common and that is their desire to sell their paper. And what 
sells a tabloid,., the cover. Each paper put a huge amount of effort into their 
covers and with good reason, the average tabloid with a 1 million weekly 
circulation usually has a 20% subscription rate. That low number reveals how 
powerful the cover is, 800,000 people decide at the newsstand to buy a tabloid, 
usually based on the cover alone. Choosing the cover can make or break an 
issue, not to mention a career. 

Once past the cover the most important thing is, of course, the writing. Most 
tabloids base their writing on a handful of different themes and Hogshire examines 
each of these in detail, filling the reader in on what they will read with these six 
major story types: Horatio Alger, High Brought Low, Courageous Crips, Fatness fetish. 
Keeping them in their place, UFO's, and the moral teachings of the tabloids. 

Hogshire explains how the tabs use political propaganda that is heavily 
tilted to the right to attempt to ruin political careers and gain favor with the 
religious right. The tabs broke the stories of Gary Hart and Donna Rice, Gennifer 
Flowers and Bill Clinton and Dick Morris. Once printed in the tabs, the mainstream 
press took these stories for their own. Hogshire shows how the tabs use the 
Archie Bunker right winger to drum up sales. The most prominent of these is Ed 
Anger, who was dreamed up to be the white American everyman, by "A skinny 
Jewish guy named Rafe Klinger in 1981." Hogshire also reveals how former tabloid 
reporters and contributors have moved to positions of power within the 
government and so-called legitimate news agencies. The tabs are basically a 
white, Christian world and if you don't fit in that group... you are open game. 
Hogshire then goes on to answer the common question, "How, when the tabloids 
are continuously being sued do they manage to stay afloat?" Simple, they don't 
bse. The large tabs keep a huge number of lawyers on staff who read and reread 
every line of each story and look for ways to avoid the lawsuits. 

Hogshire profiles the Howard Hughes like Generoso Pope (owner of The 
National Enquirer) and how he ran his tabloid and business. Pope's life could easily 
lend itself to a tabloid story. He got his start in the work force as a psychological 
warfare agent for the CIA. Pope's story alone is worth the price of the book, reveling 
relationships with the government and the mob. Also profiled is Joe Azaria, the founder 
of The Globe, which was founded on $16 and later sold for $4 million. Both of these 
tabs reside in Southern Florida and Hogshire explains why... the mob. 

Hogshire closes the book out with actual memos on how the tabloid's 
writers are trained to write their stories and interview subjects. Included are 
three pages of notes from the Kurt Cobain suicide story. These notes show, in 
detail, how a celebrity story is obtained and written. 

Grossed-Out is a great look at a subject that most Americans just accept 
as a fact of their lives, a piece of their culture. The book serves as both an expose 
and a history text, all in all Hogshire's work will both entertain and enlighten. 
What more could you ask for? — Trent Reinsmith 




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THE AC3- "Hey Little Buddy/Got 
That Baby" 

Living in San Francisco, you 
quickly learn that to succeed in the 
"scene" you need a gimmick* I guess 
the same is true in L.A. The AC3's 
gimmick is that their drummer is 
I four years old. That's cool with me 
| cos he can hold a drum beat. The 
rest of the music is basic garage 
rock that can be catchy. (CK) 
(Hell Yeah, PO Box 1975, Burbank, 
CA 91507) 



[A$O/LD50~ split EP 

A$0 come off with some sincerely played political crust — 
[very much like EXTREME NOISE TERROR without being a 
I complete rip off. Song subjects concern voting and victims of 
I violence. LD50 suffers from a really bad recording making it 
I hard to appreciate. But if you like your super fast super low-fi, 
[then this is your cup of tea. (TG) 
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AGENT ORANGE - "V.M.Live 
presents..." EP 

Well, well, what to say? I 
mean, just about everyone has 
heard of, heard, is aware of, or 
knows somebody who is aware of 
AGENT ORANGE. They used to 
be pretty big a while ago, but, along 
with D.I. and the ADOLESCENTS 
(other bands of that same era), 
they have been trying to grab back 
at their youth and either cash in, 
or disgracefully fall victim to just 
I being shitty after all these years. Oh, and did I mention that this 
[record has "Bloodstains" on it? Well, just like everything else 
I they >ve either put out or been on, it does. Whoopdy shit! Oh yeah 
[it's live. (AT) 
(V.M.L. Records, PO Box 183, Franklin Park, IL 60131-0183) 



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AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED - "Victims Of Dogs" EP 

Ok, so this doesn't have the 29 or so fucking songs thatl 
their first EP had. Actually this time around they have knocked I 
it down to 12 songs. Are they getting weaker in their old age? 1 1 
think not. This is the same insanely fast heartstopping grind that I 
put them on the map in the first place. Hey guys where is the lyric I 
sheet? You can't tease us with song titles like "The Executioner 
vs. The Sodomite" or "The Newly Weds Are Raped" and not | 
give us the words. (RC) 
(Clean Plate Records, PO Box 709, Hampshire College, Am- 1 
herst, MA 01002) 



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ALL YOU CAN EAT/USELESS 
ID - split EP 

Man, the late A YCE must be 
rapidly approaching J CHURCH 
for sheer volume of material out. 
They must have 100 releases be- 
tween the 2 of them. Anyway, that 
is not where the similarities end on 
this release. Intentional (?) or not, 
Devon sounds a hell of a lot like 
Lance on "Sam & 2 Tv's". Funny 
indeed. The other song treats us to 
AYCE's take on grindcore. Just 
what we needed. USELESS ID clock in with a couple more I 
mediocre pop punk concoctions. This time around, they do 
sound a little more original, though. I'd only recommend this to 
fans. (BG) 
(Farmhouse Records, 448 Madison Dr, San Jose, CA 95123) 



ANGEL ASSASSINS - "Artificial Limb" EP 

Excellent release of dissonant artcore from San Francisco. I 
Five songs with guitar that will cut through you like rusty works, 
drumming that will throb your head like last nites drink, and 
bass lines that will make your heart palpitate like on a bad bump 
of horse tranquilizer. Skip lunch, buy this record instead. (CW) 
(Hymnal Sound, 1892A Market St., San Francisco, CA 94102) 



ANN BERETTA - "Nobody's Heroes" CD 

I saw these guys a couple times recently with HOT WA- 1 
TER MUSIC and they put on one mean hollow body guitar punk 
rock and roll show. Former members of INQUISITION, these 
guys crank out RANCID and SWEVGIN' UTTERS-type punk 
rock. Great songwriting for this type of stuff . Catchy, cool lyrics, 
and just the right amount of variety. In spite of the unoriginal | 
title, a great release. Vinyl devotees wait eagerly. (RL) 
(206 N. Belmont Ave, Richmond, VA 23221) 



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I APOCALYPSE HOBOKEN -"V.M.Live"EP 

This is a pretty good live recording, the levels are kind of 
I low and it's a bit flat, but with a good EQ this would sound pretty 
I dang good. Good oP rockin punk music with lots of energy and 
I awesome vocals. APOCALYPSE HOBOKEN delivers seven 
■songs that can get you dancing. I can just see the crowd going 
I crazy. (HD) 
|(V.M.L. Records, PO Box 183, Franklin Park, IL 60131) 



APOCALYPSE HOBOKEN/ 
OBLIVION- split EP 

I started this record off on 
the OBLIVION side cuz I'd never 
heard them before. But I must say 
these guys were pretty damn im- 
pressive. Fast, hard, and at times a 
little reminiscent of one of my fa- 
vorite bands, the DROPKICK 
MURPHYS. Thumbs up for them. 
Next side, we have APOCALYPSE 
HOBOKEN, coming through with 
two great songs that had me read- 
I ing the lyrics to sing along (well, not out loud cuz then Jen would 
Icome in and beat us again). While listening to A.H., I couldn't 
I help but think that this band sounds like FACE TO FACE, 
[especially on "Recipe For Oblivion". Do yourself a favor and 
[buy this. It's definitely worth it (AT) 
[(Harmless Records, 1437 W. Hood, Chicago, IL 60660) 



| ARMA CONTRA ARMA - "Let No One Deceive You" EP 

I'm told that there are members of LOS CRUDOS in this 
[band. There is a bit of a similarity in that this band also sings in 
I Spanish. The hardcore pumped out here is a tad below full out 
land has a pissed off sound that reminds me a bit of 
[NEGATIVE APPROACH at times, though the distortion and 
[rawness is a bit thicker here. The song "I Want The Word" has 
[incredible lyrics and is one hell of a resistance song. (TH) 
[(Lengua Armada, 2340 W. 24th St., Chicago, IL 60608) 



| ASTREAM - "Jumps, Giggles And Shouts" CD 

Sweden is the place for pop punk and pop hardcore. There's 
I nowhere else where that style of music is nearly as relevant. 
I While ASTREAM aren't the best of the bunch, they are really 
Igreat and better than 95% of American pop punk (and there's 
la hell of a lot of it here...). Great melodic guitar parts and a singer 
I with a good voice. I think the accent works really well with this 
I kind of punk as well. I even like their cover of "Suspicious 
Minds" more than F.Y.C.'s. (LH) 

I (Bad Taste Records, Stora Sodergatan 38, 222 23 Lund, SWE- 
DEN) 



AT THE DRIVE-IN - "EI Gran Orgo" CD 

Funny, I remember them being more V.S.S.-like when I 
I saw them. Just six tunes here. More in the post-emo vein of 
iDischord influenced punk. Melodic with loads of guitar octaves. 
I Pretty good sounding over-all. (LH) 

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THE AUTOMATICS - "Fortune 
Teller"EP 

I feel both honored and a 
trifle flustered to be reviewing this, 
the AUTOMATICS' golden 100th 
seven inch released. These guys 
have about 20 billion songs and 
chances are you've heard at least 
one of them, so you know what's 
cooking on this pop-punk slab. I 
puked, but only a little bit, upon 
hearing the slower, more doo-wop- 
py title track, but everything else is solid. "I Quit" is the 
standout, a hyper, two-count, hoedown-inspired tribute to one 
of my favorite activities. Actually, all of side two is rocking. A 
slightly different version of the DEVO-esque "No!" appears on 
this. Quite good, I say. Strap on a bib and dig in. (JN) 
(Mutant Pop, 5010 NW Shasta, CorvaUis, OR 97330) 

AVAIL/YOUNG PIONEERS - split EP 

I did a dance when I saw this record on my list! I bought 
this the other day and am happy to review it This split features 
two bands from Richmond, VA. bands that we all know, and for 
some, love. AVAIL shines through in true AVAIL fashion and 
doesn't let me down! Their side consists of two songs, and both 
are what seems to be an extension of their previously released 
material. I love these guys, and am happy to have some new 
songs to listen to. The YOUNG PIONEERS side is not as straight- 
forward for me, and I found it to be good nonetheless. Poppy and 
toe tappin' can describe the first song. The second, well, I 
wouldn't consider it a song, it is a guy speaking about something 
in French. I am sure it is relevant. The third song has a bit of a 
country music/rockabilly feel to it, and amazingly enough it 
didn't make me vomit. Overall, this is a great split and is highly 
recommended. (LU) 
(Lookout Records) 



AVENGERS - "Two Black Eyes And A Bloody Nose" LP 

Hard to believe that's, the same woman singing that's now 
(supposedly) the most popular acoustic folk artist in Germany. 
Who would have thought? The AVENGERS were one of the 
ruling punk rock bands in San Francisco during the post- 
quaalude/pre-heroin era, and if anything their 'legend' has only 
grown in the twenty years since. Recorded at their peak, this 
'fan club' LP includes a 1978 set at the Whisky a-Go Go with all 
the hits you 'd hope for (as well as "Don't You" and "Kingdom", 
unavailable elsewhere), and three alternate mixes off the long- 
gone "The American In Me" 12". Get the self-titled LP first if | 
you're utterly in the dark. (JH) 
(Bankrupt Records, no address) 



BASEMENT BRATS - It's All 
Right/Happy Girl" 

One of the many and excel- 
lent current wave of Norweigan 
bands (great scene they have, 
with above average bands span- 
ning many subgenres of punk). 
Here, this band turns in one good 
power pop/punk song, but, un- 
fortunately, the flip is a pop tune 
that's slower paced and based 
off a reggae rhythm— not my 
bowl of blow. (TY) 
($4 ppd: Rapid Pulse Records, POBox 5075, Milford, Ct| 
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BEATNIK TERMITES - "Subur- 
ban Home/Minute" 

"Minute" is an ALL cover 
and it rules - a great choice for the 
TERMITES high energy power 
pop sound. The flip is a DESCEN- 
DENTS cover thatl can't get into. 
Maybe it's because I'm so used to 
the original, but considering the 
depth of great DESCENDENTS 
material I'm sure they could have 
made a better selection* Recom- 
mended. (MC) 



(PO Box 606121, Cleveland, OH 44106) 



|BETTYS LOVE CHILD/RINGWURM - split EP 

This is interesting. For one, it's a Probe release with no sign 
I anywhere of a naked girl. Also, it somehow successfully pairs a 
[melodic fuzz pop band with a dark, slow metal band. Both boast 
1 2 strong tracks each. BLC coming on like a young, moody pop 
I punk version of HUSKER DU. They are really moving along as 
la band. RINGWURM pull off a cool old C.O.C. cum NEURO- 
[SIS blend. They really sound savage (if underproduced) here. 
I Great looking silk screened covers, too. Yet another reason to 
I support the Probe empire. (BG) 
I (Probe Records, PO Box 5068, Pleasanton, CA 94566) 



IBINGIE - "Love Parade" CD 

S'more mid-tempo punk rock n' roll from Sonoma CA. 
I Fairly driving and macho, a surprise after checking out the 
I cover. Guitar driven, of course. Scratchy vocals. This tough stuff 
I is getting harder to describe the more common it gets. This is my 
[type of thing, although, I guess there's nothing really new and 
[exciting about it. Not a bad effort, at all. Go Sonoma, you'll catch 
I up with the Texans, and the cental Atlantic one day! (RY) 
(Chapter Eleven Records, PO Box 132, Sonoma, CA 95476) 



[BITTER GRIN - "Get It While You Can" LP 

At first, I was drawn into this for its old style melodic punk 
I kick (not to mention it's creative use of keyboards). But this 
I band ain't fine wine, and all the vocal and guitar effects (and 
I wanking) eventually soured my grapes on this. It also treads too 
[close to 7 SECONDS' doomed experiments with pop music for 
I my taste. It's very hit or miss. Anyhow, with a limited run of 444, 
lyou probably won't ever have to worry about the prospect of 
[purchasing it. (BG) 

|.(Oi! the Boys Records, Zum Bauverein 5, 45899 Gelsenki rchen, 
GERMANY) 



IBLACKJACK-LP 

Borrowing heavily from the early Dischord sound (TEEN 
[IDOLS, SOA, etc.), and THE MISFITS, with some throaty, oi- 
I type vocals thrown in, these guys just don't quite pull it off. 
[They're talented musically, but they are seriously lacking in the 
I originality department Some may like it, I found it sort of ho- 
Ihum. (KK) 
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BLACKBIRD - "Shendaruan" EP 
Pretty odd little 7" here. 
Aside from being intensely politi- 
cal and intellectual, this band has 
musically developed in directions 
that can only happen in a place not 
surrounded by established musi- 
cal movements in "punk" (Hong 
Kong). Quirky and jazzy at times, 
the indulgences only emphasize the 
more intense moments. Sorta like 
early DEAD KENNEDYS with 
poetics replacing the humor. I've 
got to find a copy of this for myself. (LH) 
(Tien An Mien 89, 28 Rue De Soultz, 67100 Strasbourg, 
FRANCE) 



THE BLAME - "Missed The Plane" EP 

You know, at first when I heard this, I was thinking they I 
sound a tad bit like earlier NEW BOMB TURKS stuff. Which, 
as I go on, seems to be a pretty good description. The only 
difference between this band and the N.B.T.'s is that these guys 
look a little more dorky and plastic. Which makes me think that 
maybe an even better description would be to compare them to 
the PADDED CELL. (PADDED CELL being one of the most 
fake and plastic punk™ bands I know of). Good for a laugh. 
(AT) 

(Skanking Skull Records, 40101 Sherydan Glenn, Lady Lake, | 
FL 32159) 



B-MOVIE RATS - "Killer Woman" LP 

An earful of fun, here. Adrenalin charged, rollicking I 
punk rock. If you've been a fan of NASHVILLE PUSSY or | 
CANDY SNATCHERS you should enjoy this. My only com- 
plaint is the recording: fuzzy and distorted, not what it could be. I 
It sounds like a live show with no crowd noise. I imagine this 
band gives the fans some real entertain to the fullest at their | 
shows. Energy in excess. (RY) 
(Dead Beat Records, PO Box 283, Los Angeles, CA 90078) 



THE BRISTLES - "Lifestyles Of The Poor & Unknown" LP 

New Jersey punks play some lazy '77 style that sounds I 
like fun. Gatefold sleeve and lyrics ranging from "Pills And| 
Alcohol" to "Bricks And Bottles". (TB) 
(Beer City Records, PO Box 26035, Milwaukee, WI 53226) 



BURN THE PRIEST/ZED - split EP 

I didn't realize until the third song that this was a 33 and I 
not a 45... BURN THE PRIEST sound like early CELTIC 
FROST. More like the b-side of "Morbid Tales" where they get 
a little prog. ZED could almost pass for a XXX sounding band 
with the screamed vocals. Like if Y.O.T. made a grindcore 
single. I think both bands would like to be more metal. But the 
recording quality and surface noise of vinyl keep them raw and | 
rocking. (LH) 
(Goatboy Records, PO Box 42098, Philadelphia, PA 19101) 



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THE CANDY SNATCHERS - 
"Dead"EP 

This is as good as it gets for 
a drunken, bloodletting, punk rock 
Sodom and Gomorrah. Larry May 
(vocals) and Matt Odietus (guitar) 
with the help of Sgt Stash and 
Wi% Johns just tear you a new 
asshole! These convicted felons 
have been banned from 36 states 
cuz they are real shit and clubown- 
ers are terrified of 'em! Go see 
what all the hub bub is about - 
some punks feel THE CANDY-SNATCHERS are the best live 
band in the worldl This EP contains one excellent DEAD BOYS 
cover and two great originals. Buy this record from Andy Slob! 
(BR) 

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CAPITALIST CASUALTIES - 
"Dope And War" EP 

For at least ten years now, 
California's CAPITALIST CASU- 
ALTIES have been playing their 
often imitated but never equaled 
political brand of hardcore. This 
newest release is as solid as any of 
their past records. Nine new songs 
of blistering, fast hardcore sure to 
open up a few ears and empty a few 
pockets. Well recommended. (C W) 
(Slap A Ham, PO Box 42083, San 



|CARDS IN SPOKES - "React" CD 

This one seems to fall somewhere in between the cracks of 
Ipop punk and indie rock, never quite settling on one form for too 
I long. And whereas one could try and tag such names as 
IGREEN DAY, BAD RELIGION, or even PROMISE RING on 
I them, I don't think any would really stick. Let's just say it is 
■upbeat, energetic pop with loads of harmonies, and a healthy 
I sense of irony . No, it's nothing new or otherwise great, but it does 
la damn good job if you are in the right mood. (BG) 
I (Allied Recordings, PO Box 460683, San Francisco, CA 94146) 



CHEATER SLICKS - "Forgive Thee" 2xCD 

Yeah, this stuff has been downtrodden in recent years like 
I nobody's business, esp. in the post-Mr. Spencer years. But 
I despite that, this record ain't half bad and actually got my goat. 
I This sucker is pretty consistent from track to track in an also 
I fanatical zeal to twist and twitch and still somehow swing in its 
I own bizarre way. And underneath all the primevil- white-trash 
Iwhatevers, there's actually a pretty happening blend of weirdo 
I Americana be it old-timey country, deranged blues, the SHAGGS, 
lit does come through. Actually found myself pleasantly sur- 
prised and amused. Naturally I forgot all about in about 20 
I minutes later (the coming of senility I think) but still... you could 
[do worse, so don't okay. (JY) 

(In The Red, 2627 E. Strong PI, Anaheim, CA 92806) 



CLETUS - "I Ain't Drinking Tonight" EP 

Melodic fuckin' punk, that gets the toe a tappin' and the 
beer a flowin'. Yup, on this EP CLETUS has given us four more 
songs to fall down drunk to. Pius, there is a GIMCRACK cover, 
too. Order this now, 'cause CLETUS may not be a drinking, but 
I plan to. (JF) 6 

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SENTENCE - "Rumble Seats And 
Running Boards" EP 

At first I thought the cover IT. " '| 
art on this one was an irritating .QQESlI 
attempt at copying Aaron Comet- 
bus' PESfHEADGUNPOWDER'S 
cover art. Later, after staring at 
the thing for a half hour, I realized 
the writing resembled the writing 
in the Cometbus zine. This record 
sounds a little like older PINHEAD 
GUNPOWDER, as opposed to the 
more recent stuff that sounds more like "Kerplunk". All bands I 
profits from this record go to the Minneapolis Coalition for the 
Homeless. If you're into this type of music I'd say that's more 
than enough reason to purchase this one. (JV) 
(TrlD, PO Box 18661, Minneapolis, MN 55418) 



COCK SPARRER - "Two Monkeys" CD 

When you've done one of the greatest punk LPs of all time 
("Shock Troops"), where do you go from there? This tries to 
stay in the same vein. It certainly doesn't have that youthful fire 
but it's a decent punk record. Like the BUSINESS, they've 
opted not to "progress" to different musical genres and like the 
BUSINESS, they don't embarrass themselves years down the 
road. Good but not great. (RL) 
(Bitzcore, PO Box 304107, D-20359 Hamburg, GERMANY) 



CONFIRMED KILL - "...And The Crimes Continue" EP 

Animal rights grindcore that shreds. A grammar school 
health film toned narrator gently explains why animal testing is 
ignorant and the center of the EP is covered with information 
such as animal derivatives and names of companies that do not 
test on animal. The high pitched back up vocals are a bit hard 
on my ears, but forgivable. (TJ) 
(Paank Levyt, 1-2-29 Asahikawa, Yokote, Akita 013, JAPAN) 



CRIPPLES - "Breakdown" EP 

First off, this record is a square slab of heavy orange vinyl. 
I don't like to judge a record by its vinyl, but in this case it gives I 
you some insight This band is new wave and damn proud of it 
They ought to be cos they seem to have a good thing going. The 
first song, "Breakdown," has a keyboard that sounds like 
someone farting through a kazoo and then the vocalist croons 
like a '60s garage rocker. A contradictory sound in some ways, 
yet it sounds really great. Side 2 has two more songs that let the 
guitar through and the singer scream. Cool stuff. (CK) 
(Pre-Op Records, PO Box 51105, Seattle, WA 98115) 



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[CRUNCH - "Bubba Bubba Bubba: The Early Shit" LP 

Italian thrash. This LP is their "Ran-Core" T% their split 
17" with the SICKOEDS, and their "Benvemiti Persone!" 7". It's 
■not inherently bad, but this is pretty standard fair thrash as 
I there's nothing that really sets this disc apart from any other 
I hardcore/thrash band* But the packaging gets props for a 
■supreme job. (PB) 

I (Clean Plate Records, PO Box 0709, Hampshire College, Am- 
Iherst, MA 01002) 



ICUSTOMS - "Real Long Gone" CD 

This here thing will give you everything this Midwest 
[garage band ever laid down, including the very good "Long 
[Gone" 45 from 1979 that the DEVIL DOGS covered so well. All 
I their stuff has that great '70s rock <n roll feel that you get from 
(similar bands like the FLAMIN' GROOVIES, LA 
IBANDA TRAPERODEL RIO, and DMZ (indeed, one member 
I defected to that Boston group according to the notes). It's on the 
I wrong format, but you can't have everything I guess. Hamburg- 
[er and fries. (RW) 
(Shake It Records, 4136 Florida Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45223) 



DEAD MOON - "Hard Wired In Ljubljana" 2xLP 

Extra points for playing in the ex- Yugoslavia, although 1 1 
can't quite understand the purpose of live albums — "Got Live J 
If You Want it!" this is not And, the vocals are very Robert 
Plant, not exactly a compliment. There are some good songs in 
this double (!) album of sixties-influenced music, but I'd stick to | 
the studio versions. (EC) 
(Empty Records, PO Box 12034, Seattle, WA 98102) 



DEATHREAT - "Runs Dry" EP 

Eight songs of hardcore from Memphis! This sounds like 
a mix of every notable Japanese hardcore band from the mid 
'80s: GAUZE, S.O.B., SYSTEMATIC DEATH, etc., but with 
the intensity and influence of brutal American bands like 
INFEST. (PB) 

(Prank Records, PO Box 410892, San Francisco, CA 94141- 
0892) 



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DATSUN - "Bangerang (There 
Goes My Ass)" EP 

No, it doesn't fulfill the 
promise of the title, DATSUN are a 
Norwegian 'drag punk' trio with 
all the elements - harsh guitars, 
pounding rhythms, and a wimpy 
sounding singer (at least on "Ass"). 
The flip-side with "D.O.R." and 
the instrumental "Go Datsun Go" 
is a little tougher and meaner. I can 
just picture these sitting around a 
table in a smoke-filled room , delib- 
erating for hours over which Japanese economy car to name 
I their band after. (JH) 
I (Hit Me! Records, Deichmansgt. 17, N-0178 Oslo, NORWAY) 



| DEAD BOYS - "Twistin On The Devil's Fork" LP 

This was recorded live at CBGBs in '77 & '78, supposedly 
I transferred from some shitty old tapes the bass player had lying 
I around, and you can believe it. What to say about the 
[DEAD BOYS? They're like the godfathers of snotty punk rock. 
IStiv Bators was in John Waters' movie, "Polyester", and was 
[also the star in all of Lisa Knight's dreams for a month. This 
I record has a lot of the same songs from "Night Of The Living 

Dead Boys": "Sonic Reducer", "Son Of Sam", "I Won't Look 
I Back", etc Pretty shitty sound quality, raucous, lots of fucking- 
lup, some good crowd banter, bottles getting thrown and shit. If 
[you 're mad for them, I don't have to tell you to get this. If you've 
[never heard them before, though this LP is definitely raw as all 
I hell, I'd suggest trying to get one of their other records first. (JN) 

(Hell Yeah, PO Box 1975, Burbank, CA 91507) 



[DEAD JOE - "Shopping For Shooze And Bags" CD 

I'm often at a loss to describe tunes such as these without 
[relying on the standard "driving melodic hardcore" phrase. 
I From song to song nothing really jumps out at me and I find each 
lis indistinguishable from the rest. The only standout is the 
[French horn that is used a bit but it isn't enough to separate this 
I CD from the heap of others. I don't think the address provided 
lis going to work. (TH) 

(Criminal, The Studio, Bemsdale, Exton Ave., Oakham, Leices- 
tershire, UK) 



DECREPIT - "If You Love Animals Called Pets...Why Do 
You Eat Animals Called Dinner?" EP 

Full throttle crusty thrash attack. Really thick and distort- 
ed production on this throws it over the top. Lyrics are about I 
how fucked humans are. Faster than all the mid-paced shit that | 
seems to dominate most crusty-hardcore stuff now a days. 
Check it, you won't be disappointed. (MW) 
(Consensus Reality, 1951 W Burnside #1654, Portland, OR I 
97209) 



DELAWARE - "Okupirancy" LP 

The band's name might give you the impression they hail I 
from the East Coast, but think again. Natives of Slovenia, this 
foursome has to be admired more for pioneering spirit than 
necessarily for their songs. Straightforward, mid-tempo punk 
rock thrives here — minimal production, lots of heart, and a 
political consciousness that comes through, even if you don't | 
understand a word. (SS) 
(Front Rock, PP 48, 62000 Maribor, SLOVENIA) 



DEMONS - "Electrocute" EP 

Tough guy hod-rod punk, 
that ends up landing more in the 
cheese metal realm. This just rubs 
me the wrong way right down to 
the about-as-un-original-as-it- 
could-be band name. This is the 
SPINAL TAP of punk bands only 
they're not funny, and they aren 't 
even kidding. All I can imagine is 
the strong possibility of the singer 
wearing a cod-piece and using a 
lot of pelvic action, and it being 
really unappealing. (RY) 
(Ruff-Nite Records, 3249 Rorer St., Philadelphia, PA 19134) 




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[DETESTATION - "The Agony Of Living" CD 

First of all, this band is compared to NAUSEA way too 
I much. Yes, each band has a female vocalist and both play tunes 
I well received by the dreaded and spiked amongst us. But person- 
ally, that's all the comparison I'd make between the two bands. 
■DETESTATION'S music is much more aggressive and never 
[slows down. No potential for goth-metal to develop out of this. 
I Saira's vocals are amongst my favorite in punk right now! 
I Totally harsh and high without being piercing and they flow 
■perfectly with the music. The songs come (I believe) from their 
I demo, splits, EP, as well as two live songs. This is packaged as a 
17 EP, and as lame as this may sound, I'd probably be more 
■likely to purchase CDs if they came packaged this way. On one 
[of the best labels of late. (TH) 

l(HG: Fact, 401 Hongo-M, 2-36-2 Yayoi-Cho, Nakano-Ku, To- 
Ikyo 164 JAPAN) 



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DIE CRUISIN' - "Night Of Mys- 
| tery" EP 

Wimpy home recorded hor- 
j ror punk that ain't exactly gonna 
scare anyone, but it does have a 
degree of charm. Enclosed is an 8 
page comic book/lyric sheet. Three 
of the four songs have "house" in 
their titles, and three of the four 
have pretty much the same tune. 
Despite this substantial lack of orig- 
inality and fidelity the record was 

■just quirky enough to win me over. (MC) 

■(Reanimator Records, PO Box 1582, Ann Arbor, MI 48106) 



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THE DISCOCKS - "Long Live Oi!" LP 

„ T iJ&J?£F oi strikes a S ain! Ha PP v > animated punk in al 
BLANKS 77 sort of style. Very sUly BUSINESS cover included. 
(TB) 

(Knock Out Records, Postfach 100716, 46527 Dinslaken, GER- 
MANY) 



DISKONTO/DISTJEJ - split EP 

Some of the best stuff to come out of SWEDEN in quite a 
while. DISKONTO play unrelenting in-your-face brutality hard- 
core. Great shit, fast and with power, all-out without degener- 
ating into incoherent noise junk. DISTJEJ play just as insane if 
not more. With ass kicking indictments against male suprema- 
cy, these pissed and proud women tear up shit with songs like 
"Intercourse Is Vivisection", "Right On, Lorena" and "Ladies | 
Room Intruder"— intelligence, anger and passion. (MK) 
(Crust Records, PO Box 8511, Warwick, RI 02888) 



DISTORTION - "Brothers Under The Skin" LP 

This is some decent oi/punk rock with lyrics about the 
down-trodden working class and the plight of the poor. The 
music is at its best on faster tunes such as "Blood Brothers" and 
"Working Class Man". Some longer songs could have been 
pruned down, but all in all a respectable release. (BR) 
(Oi the Boy Records, Zum Bauverein 5, 45899 Gelsenkirchen, 
GERMANY) 



|THE DIRTY BURDS - "Dirty Shame" EP 

All four songs from this girl-vocaled foursome mine the 
I riches of '60s punk with an emphasis on the two-chord riff (as on 
■"She's Through") or the three-chord riff (most of the remaining 
I songs). As you might imagine, the tuneage gets mighty repetitive 
■after awhile. However, I did like the band's bassy-twang guitar 
[song, and the smart-ass lyrics, leading me to suspect that there's 
[room for growth in this band. (SS) 
I (Damaged Goods, PO Box 671, London E17 6NF, UK) 

|THE DIRTYS - "You Should Be Sinnin'" LP 

Cross the drum power of THE SONICS with the guitar/ 
I noise energy of TEENGENERATE and the vocal sty lings of 
■NEW BOMB TURKS and you know you've got a winner. Didn't 
■think an American band could make rock and roll this punk 
I anymore, but the Japanese have nothing on this. A punch in the 
I face, Michigan style. Too bad about the cliche 'It's hip to be 
I sexist" cover art. (T Y) 
I (Crypt, 1250 Long Beach Ave #101, Los Angeles, CA 90021) 

[THE DISAPPOINTMENTS - "Sex, Drugs, and Puking" EP 

Unapologetic musical celebration of the activities men- 
tioned in the title, combined with the smug cover photos and a 
I general air of frat-boy indulgence would normally have me 
I flinging this record into the freebie bin with nary a listen. 
■However, it does have redeeming qualities in that it is punk as all 
I hell and sounds great. In fact, it sounds almost like it could be the 
I three missing tracks off of CH3's "After The Lights Go Out" LP, 
lexcept for the overwhelming lack of intelligence displayed in the 
■subject matter. (CH) 
[(Radio Records, PO Box 1452, Sonoma, CA 95476) 



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DOG ON A ROPE/SANCTUS 
IUDA- split EP 

Gritty, melodic anarchist 
punk from both bands. The latter 
of the two grinding out a heavier 
sound. Very raw and very anti- 
police. Includes insert with lyrics. 
(TB) 

($4ppd: DwieStronyMedaIu,PO 
Box55,58-260Bielawa,POLAND) 



DOORSLAMMER - CD 

This midtempo melodic pop band mixes their influences 
well and comes up with a good CD of tasty, rocking tunes. (MM) 
(Prisoner Of Consciousness Records, PO Box 29834, Los Ange- 
les, CA 90029-0834) 



DOUBLE FUDGE - "Brown Brown Brown" EP 

Grab the whiskey, baby. DOUBLE FUDGE is the perfect 
band to dance around with a fifth of Jack. Sounding something 
like the perverse offspring of HICKEY and THE OBLIVIANS, 
yet with a unique briefness, DOUBLE FUDGE is a winner. 
Fuck, there's 12 songs on this motherfucker! Not for people on 
the wagon. (JF) 
(Ineptunes Records, 2216 14th Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119) 



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[ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN - "Fractured" 10" 

Jesus!!! What the fuck is going on? This is the second 
[month in a row that I get nothing but good shit! !! UManUHHAs 
[the whole world already knows, I already think 
[ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN is divine!!!!!! This 6 song EP is 
(right up to my standards.... that's right, I said "my" stan- 
[dards!!!! !! ! I could care a shit about ail you pussy ass readers and 
[yer bullshit opinions!!!!! I review records for my own sick 
[pleasures!!!!!!! This record makes me wanna go out and fuck, 
|and that's what it's all about!!!! It's rock n roll man!!!!! 
[ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN rules!!!!! Sofiickoff!!!!!!(SW) 
|(V & V Production GmbH, Langrutiweg 20, CH-6330 Cham, 
[SWITZERLAND) 



ENEMY SOIL/CORRUPTED - 
split EP 

Just by saying these two 
names together in one sentence can 
start a mass scramble to the record 
store. ENEMY SOIL kick out 3 
songs recorded on what sounds like 
a 4- track, which makes em sound 
fucking rad. All you 24-track stu- 
dio grind nerds can go get fucked* 
CORRUPTED offer one of the 
heaviest fucking songs I have ever 
| heard in my Me. Jesus christ, these guys give slow a new name. 
[if you missed em on there US tour, you're a sucker, cuz they 
I annihilated every American wimp that came and saw em. (MW) 
(HG Fact, 401 Hongo-M, 2-36-2 Yayoi-cho, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 
164, JAPAN) 




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ENOUGH/ JUGGLING JUGU- 
LARS- split EP 

Whoa. JUGGLING JUGU- 
| LARS haven't done any wrong by 
me in the past, and I think this 
might even be some of their best 
stuff. Tuneful, melodic hardcore 
that doesn't wander into being too 
wimpy or soft - including some 
| intricate guitar noodling that adds 
way more than it detracts. Flip is 
crust from Poland - somber lyrics, 

I gruff delivery - decent enough. (TM) 

I ($3 ppd: Filip Majchrzakowski, PO Box 13, 81-806 Sopot 6, 

POLAND) 



[EPAJARJESTYS - "Snykat Tuulet" EP 

This band from Finland kicks some serious hardcore butt. 

I Raging dual vocals, thick buzzsaw guitars and a fast four-four 

I beat Lyrics about enviormental degradation, war and politics. 

[Fans of NAUSEA, DISCHARGE and the bands Felix Von 

I Havoc writes about take note. (RM) 

(No Fashion Records, PO Box 03, CEP 13450-970, Santa Bar- 
bara D'Oeste-SP, BRAZIL) 



lERASE TODAY - "Colour Sound And Vibration" CD 

This definitely has that English melodic pop punk sound. 
I Hell, ERASE TODAY should be paying Frankie and Co. of 
IlEATHERFACE royalties on this CD, because they sure do rip 
I them off. Still a third rate LEATHERFACE sure beats a second 

rate GREEN DAY. (JF) 

(JSNTGM Records, 51 Southbourne Rd., Blackpool Lanes, FY3 

9SH, ENGLAND) 



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EVANCE - "If Tomorrow" EP 

Tight, no nonsense, straight- 
forward power HC punk from I 
Tokyo, Japan. These three songs | 
have excellent production compli- 
menting the approach well with 
loud and full yet clear and smooth 
sound quality. The guitars and 
vocals crackle with just enough 
natural distortion. This record is [ 
over before you know it. Overall, a | 
very good and consistent record! 
(MK) 
(221, 3-19-12 Koegi-Kita Suginami-Ku, Tokyo 166, JAPAN) 



F.LO.M. - "The Way Ahead Is Very Narrow" EP 

Fast, crazy hardcore from Japan is all I can say about this. I 
Weil, not really, i just needed a good line to start out with! FOIM 
are speed core all the way, but the guitar solos set them apart | 
from the rest. (LU) 

(Forest Records, c/o Hideyuli Okahara, Ceramica 2 #301, 2-1- 1 
37 Minami, Kokubunji, Tokyo 185, JAPAN) 



THE FELLS -LP 

I'm all for the FELLS, so when I say that their debut LP I 
doesn't live up to seeing them play I mean it well. Maybe it's the | 
production - a little too polite and squeaky-clean, with the 
guitars mixed low and the vocals right up in front. Maybe I'm 
just not playing it loud enough. Straight-ahead post-highschool 
p. rock in the vein of the STATICS, INHALANTS, or maybe 
your mom. Contains eleven originals and one carefully buried 
WEIRDOS cover. (JH) 
(Estrus) 



FISTICUFFS - "Apocalypse Now" 
EP 

The best record sleeve art 
this month, and believe me there 
are no runner ups. FISTICUFFS 
sounds like a cross between POS- 
ITIVE STATE, East Coast HC, 
and the ever mounting chorus of 
instigating voices in your head that [ 
sometimes leads to one taking dras- 
tic actions. Cool samples from 
guess where? That's right, "Apoc- 
alypse Now" of course. Cut back 

on the posy imported stouts and buy one of the best releases I've | 
reviewed this year. (JV) 
(Mother Box, 60 Denton Ave., East Rockaway, NY 11518) 



FLEAS AND LICE/ASSRASH 
split EP 

FLEAS AND LICE provide | 
a relentless guitar/drum attack 
with shouted vocals in the ener- 
getic drunken-anarcho vein. The | 
lyrics are political, the music over- 
whelming, ASSRASH is somewhat I 
less melodic with a thick layer of | 
crust and garbled vocals sticking 
on the top. This contains proper 
lyrics railing against organized 
religion (BR) 
(Profane Existence, PO Box 8722, Minneapolis, MN 55408) 





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ISO MILLION - "Whisky Eyes/Sleepover" 
I Pressed 00 nifty smoke colored vinyl, this Austin band 
■plays » kind of garage punk that's hard to resist. "Sleepover" is 
la teenage ode to trying to get a girl to do exactly that, a catchy 
I tune with personality, feedback, and some cool distortion on the 
thigh end; the flip is a darker, wilder treat, the aural equivalent 
Irfadrunk,ormaybeahangover,that'ssogaragyyoucan almost 
[hear your parents complaining. I liked it a lot (SS) 
[(Probe Records, PO Box 5068, Pieasanton, CA 94566) 



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! FORCA MACABRA - "TheTrac- 

|es The Machine" EP 

Another steamroller from 

I these Finns -seven songs, and nary 
a single opportunity to catch your 
breath. I'm sold on their produc- 
tion - it's got that classic distortion 
that turns mere guitars into a whirl- 

j wind (think DISCHARGE) -sepa- 
rating the full time from the temps. 
No ideas about lyrics etc - they 

I provide a address for a free book- 
let., imagine you'd get the scoop 
Ithere.(TM) K 

((Crust Records, PO Box 8511, Warwick, RI 02888) 



[FORGOTTEN REBELS - "Tomorrow Belongs To Us" CD 

This extremely rare 12" is finally re-issued. Classic Cana- 
I dian punk circa 1978. A great record from way back. Well worth 
[your dime for the CD of the original EP but the rest of the bonus 

I tracks, 15 of 'em, are bad quality sound wise. Pretty worthless, 

I I wish more of their great stuff was tacked on but it wasn't so I'll 
■take what I can get. (RL) 

[(Others People's Music, PO Box 227, Stn P, Toronto, ON, M5S 
I2S7, CANADA) 



|KIM FOWLEY - "Outlaw Superman" LP 

I've never been convinced of KIM FOWLEY's (frequent- 
ly) self-proclaimed genius, but he's certainly been involved in 
Isonie pretty wacky stuff, from THE HOLLYWOOD ARGYLES 
Ion. There are a couple of nifty instros on here, 
[THE GRAINS OF SAND classic garage stomper "Goin' Away 
IBaby" (+ less known B-side), some other songs of varying 
Irockingness, and a lot of sick cheesiness, most of which I like. 
■Ultimately, those who are into sick novelty songs (and there are 
I a number of us out there) will want this -just don't by any means 
lexpect a "Back From the Grave." (DD) 
■(Dionysus Records) 



[GACY'S PLACE/SEVEN FOOT SPLEEN - split EP 

This is a split EP of two grindcore bands. 
(SEVEN FOOT SPLEEN, out of North Carolina, give up two 
(tracks. Their first track, "Without Thumbs", starts out impos- 
(sibly slow, then ends unbelievably fast. Their second track 
(blazes at a million miles an hour. GACY'S PLACE, from 
(Australia, commit themselves to three tracks, all played at a 
( blistering pace so fast you barely know what the fuck is going on. 
I Awesome release. (CW) 

((Spiral Objective, PO Box 126, Oaklands Park, SA, 5031, AUS- 
TRALIA) 



GERM ATTACK - "Microkiller" CD 

I knew that NOFX was ripping off someone, but I just 
couldn't remember who. Finally it came to me, the band's called 
GERM ATTACK. They're from Germany and I have this 
theory that Fat Wreck is cloning these guys then signing <em to f 
the label under names like LAGWAGON and NO USE FOR A 
NAME, etc. They sound a little like WIZO crossed with ...BUT 
ALIVE with AXEL SWEAT. I like the fact that ...BUT ALIVE 
sounded like a more musically eclectic Fat band. If you can 
afford CDs, then you're probably rich anyway, buv <em all! (JV) 
(Wolverine Records, Benrather Schlobuffer 63, 40593 Dussel- 
dorf, GERMANY) 



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GLUECIFER-"Shitty City/Max's 
Kansas City" 

Straight out of the 
ELECHMCFRANKENSnn^ 
of rock-n-roll. It sounds great, but 
so similar it would be easy to fool a 
casual listener. But it's got every- 
thing I look for in a band: good 
melodies, guitars up front and a 
cool sounding vocalist The ode to 
Max's kind of makes me cringe, 
though. (CK) 

(Hit Me Records, Deichmansgt 17, 
N-0178 Oslo, NORWAY) 



GLUCIFER - "Respect To....." EP 

Here is some more cock rock from Norway to rock your 
boring little world. This EP contains a smoking original cut 
going by the name of "Dambuster". In the vein of fellow 
countrymen TURBONEGRO or NEW BOMB TURKS, it rides 
heavy on the rock part of punk rock (just the way I like it!). 
Could have done without the B side version of "Cat Scratch 
Fever", though. I'd rather hear THE NUGE do that! (TG) 
(Bad Afro Records, PosteRestante,KobmagergadePostkontor, 
Kobmagergade 33, 1000 Kobenhavn K, DENMARK) 



GNOB/NOBODY - split EP 

Well, NOBODY did nothing for me, but that's just my I 
opinion. Ultra slow, moody, dark, kinda stuff that is for all you 
hardcorefans that are goth. GNOB are total spastic freak-core. 
Weird-ass time changes with 20 million things going on at the 
same time. Pretty rad. You know these guys were the obnoxious, 
spazzo-freaks in school. I guess both bands compliment each 
other by representing two extremes, but GNOB walk away with 
the trophy. (MW) 
(123 South Ave, Newport News, VA 23601) 



GROUT - <To Live Without Knowing The Answers" EP 

This is cool. Australian hardcore with a fierce metal/old 
school influence. BLACK SABBATH comes to mind at times, so 
does AGNOSTIC FRONT. Two thumbs up for this one! (LU) 
(PO Box 7, Linfield 2070, NSW, AUSTRALIA) 



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IGUN CLUB - "Early Warning" 2xCD 

A twofer collection of "•♦rest of GC stuff, with most 
[material originating from the unarguably best lineup circa the 
I 'Tire Of Love" LP. However, be warned: half of this collection 
lis a bunch of Jeffrey Lee's home recordings consisting of just his 
lyodeling and acoustic guitar and thus has dubious value to the 
I non-fanatic. But to make up for that, there's also about 13 live 
I tunes which in recording and performance is damn good (as 
[opposed to the spate of bad GC live recordings that seemed to 
| come out by the bucketloads more than a few years back) and 
| again consists of tunes from the stellar 1st album. Rounding out 
[the package are 5 tunes which sound to be demos for this 
| selfsame album and is okay but actually not as good as the final 
[versions* Worth it for the live stuff, but still not the definitive 
| end-all collection that it could have been. (JY) 
| (Sympathy) 



|THEE GUTMONKEYS - "420" EP 

You know at every punk picnic/barbecue, there is that one 
I band that plays really dumb non-offensive songs. You know, the 
| band who you enjoy 'cause you've got a burger and beer in hand 
| and anything remotely punk would sound great at the moment. 

Well, THEE GUTMONKEYS are that band, except I don' t have 
la beer just a dumb keyboard, and I suddenly realize just how 

bad THEE GUTMONKEYS suck. I bet they don't give a shit if 
I they suck, too. (JF) 

(Acme Bastard, PO Box 327, Fairfield, CA 94533) 



H.A.F. - "Masse Und Rasse" LP 

Powerful rhythmic hardcore from Germany. Rolling, 
[lurching tempos and waist-deep basslines power aggressive, 
[spiraling, HELMET style riffs and faster, more melodic, upbeat 
| attacks. Squalls of guitar noise and feedback permeate the mix, 
| adding to the feeling of panic conjured by the urgency of the 
| embittered vocals, and reminding me slightly of DEAD AND 
| GONE. One song is an uncredited cover of "At The End Of The 

Ml," which I know because WAT TYLER did it, although they 
| may have covered it as well. Seems totally out of place here, too. 
| Their style is all over the place, but this is one intense record. 

(AM) 

(Bonzen Records, PO Box 26, 10413 Berlin, GERMANY) 



HARDSHIP -LP 

Amazing hardcore release from out of Portland. Musically 
I sounding a bit like ECONOCHRIST. Lyrically, some of the best 
[stuff I've read on a record sleeve in quite some time. Dark songs 
I about late nite truck driving, alcoholism, and betrayal that don't 
[end up sounding cliche or derivative. Two excellent POISON 
[IDEA covers thrown in for good measure. (CW) 

(Roundhouse Records, 1727 Hawthorn, Portland, OR 97214) 



THE HATE BOMBS - "Ghoul 
Girl/She Bit Me" 

Garage band that's... pretty 
decent! That is, it rocks. Actually 
sounds more like the general per- 
ception of "The Estrus sound" than 
most of the bands on Estrus these 
days - go figure! (DD) 
(Baby Doll Records, 2160 Mineral 
Spring Ave#7C, North Providence, 
RI 02911) 





HECK- "Agression" EP 

Japanese punk rock with that j 
very rough, screeching female 
singing a la early CRASS but of] 
course more trashy and less polit- 
ico in nature. Almost sounds like 
the old Rough Trade aesthetic (ie I 
LAURA LOGIC, SLITS, etc.) 
stuffed into a blender and pureed 
with doses of FLIPPER. Clunky 
and some may say pretty damn 
annoying, but in typical Japanese 
style comes off as something that 
grows on you like a hairy mole... I think my point is clear. (JY) I 
(Ride On, 31-20 Chigusadai, Aoba-Ku Yokohama-City Kana- 1 
gawa 227, JAPAN) 



THE HELLACOPTERS - "Payin' The Dues" LP 

All I can say is heavy!!!!!!!! I haven't heard a "new"! 
record this over the top in quite a while!!!!!! ....this is some] 

straight up heavy rock n roll..... no doubt about it!!! !! ! Wonder- 
ful production!!!!! I can't believe this record passed the MRR I 
inspection and made it into my bin, I mean there ain't one bit of I 
pussy in this record at all, unlike about 90% of the other records [ 
that come through this place....... This puppy comes complete 

with slick packaging; gatefold cover and an extreamly sexy shot 
of the band with their shirts off, hair on their chests, and iron 
crosses around their necks...... kin da like that MC5 record, but 

the MC5 were ugly, the HELLACOPTERS are good look- 
ing!!!!! pressed on a solid purple vinyl I'll spare any 

eomparasins.... why bother, anybody that reads a record review 
to find out if something is good is a fool, just as foolish as the 

opinionated reviewer so fuck this whole lot ! ! ! ! ! ! This record 

stands alone!!!!! Straight up, rip roaring rock!!!!! Music to get | 

your cock sucked to!!!! (SW) 

(White Jazz, Box 2140, 103 14 Stockholm, SWEDEN) 



HELLKRUSHER - "Doomsday Hour" LP 

Nice gatefold package, though unlike a lot of Skuld releas- 
es, the graphics are so predictable it seems a bit of a waste. 
Regardless, this long lived UK political crustpunk band belt out I 
17 tracks, which unfortunately struck me as being a few too 
many. Nothing wrong with the style, but it became a total blur 
by the end of a side - I can't imagine listening to both sides in | 
succession. Perhaps another band that could do awesome sin- 
gles, but who run out of steam over a full LP. Taken in small | 
doses, great stuff! (TM) 
(Skuld Releases/Profane Existence, PO Box 8722, Minneapolis, I 
MN 55408) 



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HELLNATION - 

Emo" 5" 

If the title doesn't sell ya, 
then the music will. There's 8 songs 
crammed in this little 
platter'o'thrash. All of 'em are 
masterpieces with crazy time 
changes and no letting up on the 
speed. This fucker left me out of 
breathe and wishing this was a 
double LP. Guaranteed to kill ail 
wannabe spocks on sight Check it 
out or end your miserable life right 
now, emo kook! (MW) 
(Slap A Ham Records, PO Box 420843, San Francisco, CA I 
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IHELLNATION - "At War With Eriio" 5" 

Well, if it's a war you want, HELLNATION, I hope you're 
I prepared to fight! We will fight you on the land, we will fight you 
I in the air, we will fight you in the thrift stores. We will never 
■surrender! Prepare to feel the sting of our white belts and the 
I confusion our poetic lyrics blasted at you night and day, Waco 
[style. (TH) j9 

I (Slap- A -Ham Records) 



IGGY POP - "Heroin Hates You" CD 

This is pretty fantastic. Fourteen songs from 1979 live at 
the legendary punk club, The Stardust Ballroom. Great band 
including Brian James from the DAMNED and Glen Matlock... 
Good sound quality as it's from a live radio broadcast Great 
raw sound quality. (LH) 

(Other Peoples Music, PO Box 227, Postal Stn "P", Toronto, 
ON, M5S2S7, CANADA) 



I HIGH RISE - "Psychedelic Speed Freaks <84-<85" LP 

WhydoIreally,really,reallylikeGUITAR WOLF?Taste 
I aside, really aside, it's because I bought a shitty sounding 
■bootleg of this Japanese band's first LP at Epicenter several 
I dozen moons ago, brought it home, and was set up to be bowled 
lover by the wave of screen-shredding distortion laid down by a 
Icouple of BLUE CHEER-lovin' heads from Tokyo who played 
lout amazing guitar shit that sounds like all the excessive wank- 
I ing of the '60s guitar 'gods' boiled down into the pure form from 
I which they strayed; totally alien punk blues. Anyway, that was 
I the first LP. This one is exactly the same. "Cycle Goddess", 
I "Induced Depression", "Like Death", all heavier and truer than 
la thousand corny, boring-as-fuck grind bands. These guys went 
I on to release a couple more records on the wrong format that are 
I just as good. Limited to 600, jeez. (RW) 
I (Time Bomb, Toporo 51 Bldg, 2-18-18, Nishi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo- 
IKu, Osaka 542, JAPAN) 



|HIS HERO IS GONE - "Monuments To Thieves" LP 

It's hard for me to imagine that someone wouldn't be 
[familiar with HIS HERO IS GONE by now. Shit, out in the Bay 
I Area their patches may outnumber AMEBIX patches, which is 
Ino small feat. Amazingly, this second full length falls into the 
I same category as their first; a required listen for those who are 
I interested in hearing hardcore pushed to its limits. As a son of 
Ithe South, I'm always interested in hearing lyrics which effec- 
tively confront the problems found in that region, especially 
I when the band isn't wasting their time looking for a word that 
I rhymes with redneck. The title track and the song "Cavities" are 
[some of the best I've heard to attack the particular forms of 
[racism and poverty of the South. Live, this band actually per- 
forms all of their songs in a manner which suggests they believe 
[strongly in them, a rarity today where so many bands have the 
[nerve to stand still when playing supposedly "angry" music 
|(TH) 
[(Prank, PO Box 410892, San Francisco, CA 94141-0892) 

[HORACE PINKER - "VML Live" EP 

Twelve minutes of punk rock recorded with mics in the 
I crowd. The music is fine, but the recording leaves a lot to be 
I desired and the pressing quality is poor. This should be of 
I interest to fans of the band. (MC) 
I (VML, PO Box 183, Franklin Park, IL 60131) 

[MIKE HUDSON - "Unmedicated/" 45 

Holy fucking shit! !!!!! Mike Hudson's voice sounds so 
[much better now than it did with the PAGANS!!!!!! Wow!!!! 
I Boy, I gotta tell you, this 45 rocks.... I got my cock out in my left 
■hand while I'm typing this review and blasting it on the head- 

Iphones!!!!!!! Mid-tempo rocking here kiddies no lightning 

[speed macho small dick bullshit. The sleeve failed to mention 
J who Mike's backing band is, but whoever they are, they get two 

Idicks up from me!!!!! Nice solid production here very 

[heavy!!!!!! This won't make Greg Lowery's 1997 top 100 pick, 
[but that just goes to show you that this is a great record!!! (SW) 
[(Sonic Swirl, PO Box 770303, Lakewood, OH 44107) 



INFEKCTA - "Modlgie Sie" EP 

Exceptional "grind" hardcore from Poland. Good pro- 
duction and a sufficient amount of breakdowns make this a 
generally more pleasant and interesting listening experience 
than that of many of their western European and north Amer- 
ican equivalents, the musk has more of a solid song foundation 
that reminds me less of gloomy crust coated speed metal and 
more of the powerful hardcore punk of the early ' 80s. Interest- 
ing lyrics about, capitalist domination, "generation X" youth 
culture manipulation, and vegetarianism, Good stuff. (MK) 
($3 ppd: Filip Majchrzakowski, PO Box 13, 81-806 Sopot 6, 
POLAND) 



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THE IDIOTS - "Fools" EP 

Serious beer drinkers with 
'80s style heavy hardcore with 
strategic "mosh breathers" with- 
in the songs. If the singer Boom (of 
the late LEGION OF DOOM) 
didn't have the tendency to have 
too many lyrics for the riff, mak- 
ing a few songs off beat and raa- 
jorly punk, these idiots would be 
pretty generic Between the old 
school packaging and the generic 
thrash, I can almost feel the sweat 
and smell the stale beer stench of the pit. Their opener, "Fools", 
and excellent sound bytes between songs raise this slab slightly 
above mediocre. (HM) 
(Beer City Records, PO Box 26035, Milwaukee, WI 53226-0035) 



THE INFECTED-"American Di- 
saster" EP 

Here are six no frills punk 
blasts from the Wisconsin band 
THE INFECTED. This has a 
strong '80s influence to it. On the 
inside band shot, I count one dou- 
ble bass drum kit, one mullet, one 
BLACK FLAG patch, one mo- 
hawk with beard, two long hairs, 
one beer, one leather jacket with 
own band painted on, and one 
Charvel guitar, possibly pink. 
Music fits the picture. I like it. (TG) 
(Beer City Records, PO Box 26035, Milwaukee, WI 53226-0035) 



JARHEAD/BIONIC MAN - split EP 

JARHEAD deliver guitary drunk rock with mid-tempo I 
sing-songy choruses like "I'm just a drunken loser" and the 
metal-ish "we're only here for the pizza and beer". Their 
sloppiness and incomplete packaging proves what a good time 
drunk rock band this is. BIONIC MAN are more stern and 
confrontational with two tunes in the MINOR THREAT vein | 
and the third tending towards FUGAZI. 
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| JUDGMENT DISORDERLY/HAIL KEFT - split EP 

JUDGMENT DISORDERLY from Japan kick down 5 
[ tracks of really fast hardcore that just didn't have any life or 
[ excitement to it. HAIL KEFT from Sweden bombard your ears 
[with a wailing guitar attack similar to Japan's BARRICADE, 
I Not bad, but not great either. (RC) 
l(MCR Co., 157 Kaiagu Maizuru, Ktoyo 624 JAPAN) 



K.G.B. - "Die Lady Di" EP 

The insert says that the A- 
| side is "a black humor sarcastic 
ironic masterpiece," but since I 
nicht sprachen ze Deutsche, I'll 
| just have to take their word for it 
It certainly makes the grade musi- 
cally, and the two schlager-songs 
covered on the B-side (including 
the infamous "Balla Balla") are 
incredibly stupid and bubblegum- 
my, meaning of course that I like 
it 1 . Incidentally, this is the German 
I band that's been kicking around since the early '80s, not any of 
the other KGBs (or any of the CHOSEN FEWS, NOMADS, 
OUTSIDERS, etc.). (DD) 

(Hannes Koerber, Miinzgasse 13/3, 72070 Tubingen, GERMA- 
NY) 



[KILL YOUR IDOLS - "Change" 12" 

Keeping old school HC alive and well with crunchy vocals 
land plenty of bite. Influenced by early sXe, full of youthful 
I energy and tough breakdowns. (TJ) 
[(None Of The Above, PO Box 654, Farmingville, NY 11738) 



KULTRA DIMENTIA - "Ausserfunktion" 2xEP 

How do I say generic or crappy in German? I don't want 
I to be mean but I really don't think a double single was nessesary 
I in this case. But I must say the little METALLICA acoustic 
I breakdowns are good for a chuckle or two. Give up on punk and 
I just be a metal band, I bet you would rock (well maybe not ...) 
1(TG) 

(V.E.B. Records, Neustiftgasse 68, Wien 7, AUSTRIA) 




LATEX GENERATION - "What- 
ever Happened To PJ. Soles?/ 
Come Along Sorry Ass, We're 
Going Places" 

Two great melodic punk 
songs. The first is a HUMPERS- 
like tribute to the star of "Rock-N- 
Roll High School" and "Carrie". 
The b-side is more of a TRUSTY 
sorta pop punk-ish tune. Still, 
played with more energy than most 
of that genre. Great single. (LH) 
(One Foot Records, PO Box 99, 
Albertson, NY 11507) 



LENNONS- "Rache Fur Elvis" LP 

Germany's LENNONS hit the big time, with an LP appar- 
ently recorded after one too many helpings of overripe Bratwurst I 
and a full case of diet Fanta. Fourteen tracks of retarded punk 
rock that involves themes of love ("For You", "The Girl From | 
The Obituary Notice"), hate ("Barefooted Through Hell", "Ex- 
cesses In The Charnel House"), and religion ("The Kiss Of I 
Judas"). Musically it's happy, upbeat stuff with occasional [ 
keyboards and noodling guitar solos. Es passt. (JH) 
(Incognito Records, Senefeldstr. 37A, 71076 Stuttgart, GER- 
MANY) 



LICK 57's - "Dingbat" EP 

The seems to be a cool little 
label from Texas. DYNAMITE 
BOY is cool and so are these guys. 
Doing the harder edged pop punk 
works for all parties invovled. 
Catchy with raw production. 
Somewhere in between RHYTHM 
COLLISION and early FACE TO 
FACE. Good stuff. (RL) 
(Off time Records, PO Box 220763, 
El Paso, TX 79913) 




I LA SECTA - "Memories PL 1" CD 

A collection of recordings from this Spanish rock and roll 

[band who fall somewhere in the void between garage and hard 
rock. They play slow and dirgy and cite THE STOOGES as 
their influence then go cover THE KINKS. (CK) 
(Hell Yeah, PO Box 1975, Burbank, CA 91507) 



LOCKJAW - "A Lesson In Hate" CD 

Young, white and angry. Moshcore from Buffalo, New | 
York. Very manly. (PB) 
($10 ppd: Upheaval Records, 23 Donegel PI, Hamilton, ON, I 
L9A 4Z6, CANADA) 



lLACERATION/BAD ACID TRIP - split EP 

The LACERATION side of this is fast grindy hardcore, and is 
lalong the same genre as SPAZZ, DROP DEAD, and 
I BLACK ARMY JACKET. I also find it interesting that this is a 

I three piece, and one person plays the guitar, bass, and also sings. 
Hmmm.... The BAD ACID TRIP side is even faster, and I think 

II now have a head ache from listening to all these records. And 
I pleasantly enough for my headache, the second song isn't as fast, 
I but it does have a lot of creativity to it. (LU) 

[(Agitate c/o Richard Ramos, 11479 Amboy Ave., San Fernando, 
C A 91340) 



LONE WOLVES - "Eat Ya!" LP 

One of the worst records I've heard this year! How about I 
that! Terrible singer with a permanent snotball in his throat, 
long wanky songs and shit shit shit shit shit oozing from the | 
speakers. I feel bad saying this, because I really am just a softy. 
I kill you scuml (RW) 

(Helter Skelter Records, 00162 Pie Delle Provincie 8, Roma, | 
ITALY) 



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THE LONG GONES - "Heads Or 
Tails" EP 

Just looking at this I knew 
I'd like it Plain paper stock pic 
sleeve without much fuss, four 
tracks recorded in somebody's 
basement in the Midwest It did 
not disappoint. Four extremely 
catchy cuts of raw, faster-paced, 
straightforward, traditional (old 
school?) punk rock, not unlike 
THE NEW BOMB TURKS. Un- 
polished and with a sense of urgen- 

|cj tkftt will leave an impression. (KK) 

(Shake It Records, 4136 Florida Ave,, Cincinnati, OH 45223) 



[MDC - "Live At The Fireside Bowl" EP 

This is some live oldies but goldies from the annals of MDC. 
II don't like this record at all. The recording includes about 50% 
I drunken blabbing between songs, and besides you can only hear 

*"te three audience members. It makes it sound like those 
I depressing punk shows where no one 's there. "John Wayne Was 
I A Nazi" is a such a punk classic that it's impossible to fuck up, 
I but if you like MDC at all, you will want to save your duckets for 
I either a decent full-length record, or see them live. This is like the 
I worst of both worlds. (GS) 

(VJVf.L., PO Box 183, Franklin Park, IL 60131-0183) 



MAN WITHOUT PLAN - "Com- 
mence Primary Ignition" EP 

Decent emo pop punk stuff 
that reminds me of FRACTURE 
with a bit of ALL like riffing. Some 
good stuff on this four song EP, 
although the "Is She Really Going 
Out With Him" cover could have 
been kept off this. (RL) 
($2 ppd: A Punk Walks Into A Bar 
Records, PO Box 254, Rye, NY 
10580) 



|MANCHURIAN CANDIDATES - "Double Crossed" EP 

Although I'm not able to nail down any key semblance 
(between MANCHURIAN CANDIDATES and bands like HER- 
ES Y, HIS HERO IS GONE, and MAN IS THE BASTARD, they 
I definitely play into the better aspects of all of the aforemen- 
tioned. Devastating hardcore with rhetorical lyrical banter 
I from Austin, Texas. (PB) 

I (Big City Bastard Records, 5006 B Grover, Austin, TX 78756- 
12630) 



IMARSHES - "Pox On The Tracts" LP 

These folks sound like a cross between BAD RELIGION 
[(especially vocally) and an emo-core band. May be a little too in 
I between a pop punk band and a powerful emo type band. Good 
[for what it is but nothing that blows me away. (RL) 
I (Dr. Strange) 





MIKE AND THE MOLESTERS 
~ "Get Ya Back" EP 

When I hear the vocals, I can 
visualize their drunken singer in a 
raised beer salute spilling Pabst 
all over the stage* Probably cuss be 
was like that at a show or ten. The 
MOLESTERS crank that loose, 
old, punk rock-n -roll stuff sorta 
like the NEW YORK DOLLS 
meets MAKERS. Decent debut 
(HM) 
(Little Deputy Records, PO Box 7066, Austin, TX 78713-7066) I 



MISDEMEANOR - "Juvenihilism" CD 

This Canadian bands sounds like they should live in I 
Southern California. They've got Oi's, harmonizing vocals and 
that So Cal pop punk sound; Their band photo's show them 
wearing SNFU t-shirts and RANCID patches— how telling. 
Most of there songs are just silly rants about punks being stupid I 
and stuff like that Same old, same old. (HD) 
(Misdemeanor, 11207 48th Ave, Edmonton, AB,T6H0C8, CAN- 
ADA) 



MR BUBBLE B AND THE COCONUTS - "Convertible Mu- 1 
sic" CD 

Mixing catchy rock with fast pop punk, this German band I 
does their damndest to grab your attention every time you start 
to lose interest. Pretty interesting songs, played with all the 
necessary enthusiasm and energy. The production is a bit ] 
quirky at times, but it's still a pretty good release. (BG) 
(Wolverine Records, Benrather Schlossufer 63, 40593 Dussel- 1 
dorf, GERMANY) 



THE MULLENS -LP 

A Texas garage band that has nearly perfected the '60s 
influence stance. The songs sound good, catchy and authentic. I 
would definitely like to see this band at the Purple Onion with 
many beers under my belt (CK) 
(Get Hip Recordings, PO Box 666, Canonsburg, PA 15233) 

NEWTON GRUNTS - "Day Of The Jakey" CD 

What are you looking at? The cast of Trainspotting have I 
formed a band and they 're starting something with you! Hyper- 1 
active multi-vocalled punk rock, with traces here and there of I 
Oi, ska and DEAD KENNEDYS style hardcore, but spiked with I 
all the angst and fury that only being fae Fife can provide* You 
can hear the chewy stuff from the bottom of the Buckfast bottle I 
catching in their throats as they storm through 12 tracks of I 
alcoholic debauchery with a nice little ABBA cover for closers. 
Not too shabby. (AM) 
(PO Box 14469, Glenrothes, Fife KY7 4YA, SCOTLAND) 



NO FRAUD - "Bahewatch" CD 

The lamest cover art this year, with far too many runner 
ups. Maybe I'm going to too many shows and losing my hearing, 
but I like this releasefar too much. NO FRAUD sound a little like 
BLATZ and a smarter (though probably not drunker) version 
of DRAIN BRAMAGED. There's a cool cover of the DEAD 
BOYS' "Ain't Nothing To Do", which reminded me of a SICK 
PLEASURE song whose title escapes me. (JV) 
($8 ppd: Kevin Ailesee Records, POBox 2510, Pt. Charlotte J 
FL 33949) 



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9 SHOCKS TERROR - ''Earth, 
Wind And The Sheik Throwing 
Fire"EP 

If you must know, this is the 
H-100'S with a new vocalist, and 
I just like the H- 1 00 'S, these guys 
fucking kill. They amazingly re- 
capture that early '80s thrash 
sound, reminiscent of the hard- 
core that came out of Boston. You'll 
be checking your calender to make 
sure it's still 1997* They have a 

I fascination with old wrestlers and the cover's got a rad picture 

of The Iron Sheik. Fuck yes. (MW) 

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NO SIDE - "Depressing Day" EP 
This is great punk record. 
Simple, fast, and fucking tough. 
This reminds me of the "This Is 
Boston Not LA" era GANG 
GREEN, except just a touch slow- 
er. Excellent! (RC) 
(H:G Fact, 401 Hongo-M, 2-36-2 
Yayoi-Choi, Nakano-Ku, Tokyo 
164 JAPAN) 



OUT COLD - "Warped Sense Of Right and Wrong" CD 

Everything I thought this'd be - nimble, catchy hardcore. 
They've never been models of sophistication,! 
OUT COLD manage to keep the spirit of 'proper' East Coast I 
hardcore alive (none of that mosh crap Victory keeps claiming] 

is the "real" thing) short, hoarse and unapologetic. It's a bit 

more polished for them in both look and sound, but if you've 

seen their early material, you know that's no insult! Great stuff. 

(TM) 

(Kangaroo Records, PO Box 441, Dracut, MA 01826) 



OXYMORON - "The Pack Is Back" LP 

It's a tough call with this band. Their two singles are hands I 
down classics. With their first LP I thought they had slipped a 
bit and this release reaffirms that. There are some great songs 
here, as is the case with their last album. Like that release! 
though, they fall into using the same intro-verse-big chourus- 
verse formula and by the time you listen to the first couple of I 
songs things get redundant Also, they tend to get a little too f 
fancy shmancy with the song writing on a couple of the songs. 
With breaks and changes every few seconds I began to think I 
they were gunning for the "METALLIC A of Punk" title. Maybe 
they should have taken the best songs off this and put out| 
another single. (RM) 
(Knock Out Records, Postfach 10 07 16, 46527 Dislanken,! 
GERMANY) 



INOBODYS - "V.M.Live presents" EP 

Don't be frightened by V.MX.'s reputation for less than 
I good sound quality or your natural tendency to like stuff that 
I sounds more 'alternative' than punk™ (if that is in fact the 
I case), this is fast, hard, and everything I ever wanted in a record. 
I Ten songs for the price of whatever comes on a seven inch, and, 
I oh yeah, they sound like the fast, pissed off East Coast shit I've 
I been hyping for months. Sounds a little like the NOBODYS, no 
I wait I'm stoopid, buy this! (JV) 
(V.M.L. Records, PO Box 183, Franklin Park, IL 60131-0183) 



PAINTED THIN - "Still They Die Of Heartbreak" CD 

Great pop emo core stuff with wordy vocals a la J I 
CHURCH. Lots of octaves and offbeat phrasing give this a sense 
of punch. Good, raw production too. Canadian stuff that has a 
powerful looseness that works just right like WESTON or 
FRACTURE. I've never heard of these guys but I'd love to hear | 
more. Very cool. (RL) 
(Endearing Records, PO Box 69009, Winnipeg, MB, R3P 2G9, 1 
CANADA) 



|NOFX-"AHOfMe"EP 

Now I've heard a lot of rip-off bands in my time, and I have 
I to say... this has got to be the most blatant LAGWAGON rip-off 
[band I've ever heard in my life. Of course, that doesn't much 
I surprise me, them being on Fat and all. Two fast, melodic, nasal 
I songs that aren't that bad if you can tolerate them ripping off all 
I those poor Fat bands. They should be ashamed of themselves, 
I ripping off a band like that and putting it on limited (to 8,000) 
■pastel green vinyl. Buy this record so Mike can get some new 
I funny license plates. (AT) 
(Fat Wreck Chords) 



|NO USE FOR A NAME - "The NRA Years" CD 

Puffy, pathetic, pop punk interspersed with a few harder 
[tracts that aren't as bad. This band has the longest intros, 
I sometimes they fool ya into thinking that they have a decent 
I song. Some catchy bits, but overall weak. If you for whatever 
I reason like this band then go ahead and get this. (TJ) 
| (Golf, PHD Unit 15, Bushell Business Estate, Hithercroft, Wall- 
ingford, Oxon, OX10 9DD, UK) 



PARIAPUNK/FINAL BLAST - split CD 

Complete discography of two old French bands from the | 
mid-eighties doing some very generic "peace punk". Nice pack- 
aging with extra large booklet, featuring history, lyrics and | 
current commentary from band members. (TB) 
($8 ppd: Boisleve, BP7523, 35075 Rennes, Cedex 3, FRANCE) I 



THE PINKERTON THUGS - "The Pain And..." CD 

The THUGS have developed a slightly more mature ap- 1 
proach with less slogans and more anthems than their "...Pur- 
suit Of Shit" EP. The THUGS have also beefed up production | 
which enhances the punchiness and dynamics of their aggres- 
sive anarcho-punk tunes. The few dashes of acoustic guitars and I 
whispered vocals provide the only comic relief within this | 
intense product Even their two SPRINGSTEEN/PINK FLO YD- 
ish acoustic numbers are stern, passionate and potent. Superior | 
punk rock, a requirement for youngsters to the scene. (HM) 
(VML, PO Box 183, Franklin Park, IL 60131) 



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|POWER OF IDEA - "Hyper Yellow Trash" LP 

By being a reviewer for this zine, I have been introduced to 
[quite a bit of music that I otherwise never would have checked 
at POWER OF IDEA is one of the bands. Hailing from Japan, 
Itbese folks rock hard with great female vocals and pretty insane 
|*Hi$k. At times it is fast, and grindy, then it will slow to be a bit 
f school and poppy. They mix a lot of genres to form their own 
I which is always a plus in my book. (LU) 
[{Tribal War Asia Records, JH 549, 825 Ishihata, Mizuho, Nish- 
litama, Tokyo, JAPAN) 



THE PROSTITUTES -■ "Can't Teach Kids Responsibility" LP I 
The first song on side A of this LP is a rousing CRUMBS 
type song, "No Good." I love this song so much that the remain* 
ing thirteen were a little disappointing! If I 'hadn't heard '"No. I 
Good," I would say that the balance of the record is consistant, I 
musically, with kind of suburban lyrics ("I Don't Get Girls," for 
example) over top of medium speed eighties-style punk tunes. 
Great bratty attitude, and pitworthy. If you liked their 45's, 
you'll like this LP even better. (GS) 
(Pelado Records, 521 W, Wilson #B202, Costa Mesa, CA 92627) 




THE PRICKS - "Shoot You In 
The Head" EP 

Fast straightforward boun- 
cy hardcoresque music, complete 
with screaming vocals and break- 
downs, that really grabs your at- 
tention. With song titles like "Re- 
tarded Ronnie", "Shoot You In 
The Head", and "Fuckface", this 
Swedish band seems mean and 
pissed off, but actually their mu- 
sic is a bit more upbeat than their 
song titles. Not half bad. (HD) 

|(Hard-On Records c/o Janne Elfsten, Kjellingatan 16,692 38 

Kumla, SWEDEN) 



THE PRIDE - "...And The Glory" CD 

Punky street rock from Belgium featuring lots of heavy 

■metal guitar bits and some odd song titles like "Two One- Way 
Tickets To Paradise" and "Princess For One Night". Very 

[buoyant vocalist sings in English and the band's "Fresh & 

[Burning" EP is added for bonus tracks. (TB) 

|(Walzwerk Records, PO Box 1341 D, 74643 Kunzelsau, GER- 
MANY) 



[PROJECT/CONTROL - split EP 

CONTROL has a super political anti-government senti- 
[ment to their lyrics, which are yelled almost rap style over a 
[combination of fast and slow four chord style punk rock. 
[PROJECT slows things down quite a bit, as male and female 
| vocals rant over thick grindy hardcore. Both these bands seem 
| really pissed off at the status quo, which is of course cliche', but 
| still necessary. (HD) 
[(Incorrigible Records/Counter Attack Records) 




PUSSYCATS - "Chick-A- 
Boom" EP 

An all-female trio that's a 
bit more peppy than run-of-the- 
mill garage outfit, owing more to 
late '70s punk than '60s garage. 
Three songs, all good, all varied in 
tempo, maybe a trace too much of 
guitar leads. Out of Spain, in the 
tradition of LAS VULPESS.(TY) 
(Hell Yeah, PO Box 1975, Bur- 
bank, CA 91507) 



RELIANCE - "Refused" EP 

Earnest, passionate hardcore in a melodic straightedge 
kind of way, like GORILLA BISCUITS meets DAG NASTY. 
I'd maybe lump them together with a band like FURY 66, I'd 
say they were traveling a similar, and welcome, path. (AM) 

(Possible Problem Records, PO Box 59854, Potomac, MD 20859- 

9854) 



RETODZ - "340 Six Pack" EP 

Phiily eh., dudes who look 
like your average convenience 
store clerks doing a somewhat 
slowish garage-bound (in more 
ways than one) old school chunka- 
chunka punk rock with many ref- 
erences to beer and cars. Again 
the old Mutha Records compari- 
son rears its ugly head (old Jersey 
punk label who had a lock on that 
East Coast silly-offensive punk- 
rock). Side two brings us a more hummable pop punk thing and I 
yet another song that bridges sides one and two. Somewhat 
typical goofball stuff here, endearing for having that deranged | 
metal/east coast wisecrackin' thing down. (JY) 
(Eerie Records, no address) 







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PROM KINGS - "Music To Pass 
A Stone By" EP 

Vocals like a German shep- 
herd with a throat infection and a 
ski pole up its ass. Old-style pit 
punk. Kinda amateurish. Snotty 
sophomoric lyrics and attitude. Not 
bad, though. Eight songs on a 45! 
It reminds a tad of FEAR. Pass- 
able. (RY) 

(Town Hall Records, PO Box 974, 
Harriman, NY 10926-0974) 



RETSEPTI - "Underground Georgia" EP 

This is the first release of a tape recorded in 1988 in the I 
former Soviet Union by an underground band named RETSEP- 
TI. The four songs are new wave influenced, especially the! 
vocals and sax playing. It's surprising this exists at all, really, as 
all of these people could have been jailed for recording or 
playing this music* This label specializes in records by bands 
that come from countries where there is lack of money or 
factories to release vinyl. They have also done bands from 
Lithuania, Turkey, Armenia, Indonesia and others. Write to J 
them. (MM) 

($6 ppd: Darbouka Records, Fred Brahim, 17 Rue De La Foret, 
67340 Menchhoffen, FRANCE) 



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RICE HARVESTER-"Songs"EP 
I received a bunch of stuff in 
this record, like little flyers and 
playing cards, and while this is 
always fun and interesting at first, 
it just ends up in my junk pile. Now 
I'm going to have to put out a 
record to get rid of all my junk. It's 
like a junk swap or something. 
Anyway, maybe I should get to the 
record review, I know the cover 
says that this band is from Ala* 
I bama, but they sound like they should be a pop punk band from 
ISana Rosa. RICE HARVESTER is really fast, really poppy, and 
I really goofy. They also sound exactly like GROUND ROUND. 
I This Alabama thing must be a lie. (HD) 
[(Rice Harvester, PO Box 729 Huntsville, AL 35804) 



IROCKET 455 - "Sees All-Knows All-Tells All" 10" 

"...Knows All..".except the secret of why so many ten inch 
[records suck: You have too few songs for an LP, or you're 

I adding shitty and unnecessary songs to a perfectly good single. 

I I have no idea whether the former is true, so I'll pick the latter. 
[Four of the songs on this record are great! Powerful and 
I energetic '60s influenced rock 'n roll, played straight-ahead and 
jwith energy. The other two should have been left off. Remem- 
ber: Vinyl is a precious resource and shouldn't be squandered. 
(CH) 

[(Get Hip Recordings, PO Box 666, Canonsburg, PA 15233) 



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ROOTES GROUP SERVICE- "48 
Thrills" EP 

This group defies easy de- 
scription, which is in most cases 
(this one included) a good thing. 
They are kinda rock, kinda ga- 
rage, not very punk, and not very 
fast, but good. The title track is far 
and away the best of the three. I 
recommend a listen, if not a pur- 
chase. (CH) 

(Square Target Records, PO Box 
19673, Seattle, WA 19673) 



|ROYAL PENDLETONS - "You Can Always Love Again" EP 
Four songs of rockin' goodness from south of the civility 
I line. Produced by Jack Oblivion, so it sounds right, lavered in 
I thick fuzz. Essentially conservative, yet executed with the feeling 
I that many 'new' garage bands lack. You can throw it on and not 
I feel had. So there. (RW) 
(Blood Red Vinyl, 2134 N.E. 25th, Portland, OR, 97212) 





RUPTURE - "Hate Makes The 
World Go Round" EP 

Almost caught me by sur- 
prise - another Aussie hardcore 
band goes punk. Punk it is -. great 
for what it is, but Fm sure it'll 
confuse those looking for some- 
thing more consistent with their 
history. They cover a ROCKS tune 
- whoa. I'm almost as impressed 
with their competence at pulling a 
switch this severe off - amazing. 
(TM) 

(Bad Card c/o Sylvain Vilette, 48 Rue Du Potager, 912701 
Vigneux Sur Seine, FRANCE) 



S.T.H. - "Chain Up A Psycho Girl" CD 

I enjoyed this band, who sound like a Japanese GRIMPLE I 
on speed, more before I read the lyrics. Because, regardless of I 
how much something rocks, I still get slightly unnerved by songs I 
involving forced sexual acts. I don't know, I guess it isn't always | 
"as long as it rocks". (JF) 
(Cyber Label, 3F Nishi Osu Bid, 2-27-30, Osu, Naka-ku, Nagoya, I 
460 JAPAN) 



SAM THE BUTCHER - "Sheltered" CD 

Bands like SAM THE BUTCHER are the reason CD I 
players are programmable. This way you can program in the] 
AVAIL sounding songs, one of AGAINST ALL AUTHORITY 
sounding songs, and skip the songs that try to mesh the two. See 
if this was vinyl you'd be stuck listening to this whole album, and | 
that's no good. And they say vinyl is better, ha! 
(Far Out Records, PO Box 14361, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33302) 



SECRETS - "Teenage Rampage" CD 

Yet another archival package from the bowels of the Other I 
People's Music vaults. This time around, it's a Canadian outfit 
from '78 that consisted of former VILETONES and| 
DIODES members and who put out one 7" and one LP. Musi- 
cally, these guys were doing a power pop, basic rock and roll I 
type thing similar to what the REAL KIDS or the 
FLAMIN' GROOVIES and even the POINTED STICKS were 
doing. Though pretty listenable, I can't say that their songs 
were as memorable as the above 3 bands'. Generally, yoU get 17 1 
pretty hooky, if by today's standards, somewhat lightweight 
tunes, all done in a snappy, old timey rock n' roll manner. Not 
exactly an amazing overlooked obscurity by any means, but I 
probably appropriate for the more traditionally inclined amongst | 
you (if you exist!). (JY) 
(Other People's Music, PO Box 227, Stn "P", Toronto, ON, M5S I 
2S7, CANADA) 



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RUN PATTY RUN - "Enjoy" EP 
A band from Italy (vocals in 
English) that seems to be big on 
Fat label stuff. A sloppy NOFX 
thing going on here. May be a good 
record to sell to their friends and 
locals. Tough to recommend be- 
yond that. (RL) 

(Oliani Marco, Piazza Victoria 1, 
73022 Corigliano D'Otranto, 
Lecce, ITALY) 



SELF RELIANCE - "Past The Point" CD 

Sounding straight from '88, in '97 they're in YOUTH OF | 
TODAY heaven. Maybe throw in a little IGNITE and MAJOR- 
ITY OF ONE for good measure. Actually this is pretty rad, and I 
how I like my straight edge - it's fast and somewhat melodic, but 
they never regress to pulling any of that metal bullshit, like mosh 
parts, solos, or "break-downs," whatever that is. Just good, | 
straight ahead, SEHC. Great vocals too. (AM) 
(Rely On Records, GPO Box 2233T, Melbourne, Victoria 3001, 1 
AUSTRALIA) 



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m SERVOtRON - "Join The Evoiu- 
£f JiiliUliil^^ 5^q tion/People Mover" 

A band from Athens, GA 
who has a very overwhelming 
DEVO shtick. Down to the robotic 
moves, wheezing synths and dead- 
pan singing about some quasi-cy- 
bernetic-movement bullshit Heck, 
they even sound like ATHLETIC 
SPIZZ 80 or any number of bands 
on the "Urgh" soundtrack. It's fun 
and ail, but disturbing in how me- 
ticulously these guys have recreated the IRS records era. But in 
May's nostalgia-crazed ambience, I guess nobody can blame 
. Very problematic this-.. (JY) 
ervation, PO Box 7374, Athens, GA 30604) 




SKINT -"7"s Of Noise" EP 

You might have caught the 
good SKINT tracks on the Helen 
of Oi compilation ^erberts.-etc". 
Well the Irish oi boys are back and 
this shit is good! Starting out with 
a spirited uptempo streetpunk 
number "Remember The Days" 
and finishing with a rough and 
ready "But Not Me". TTiese punks 
play punk with an edge! Recom- 
mended! (BR) 

(WakwerkRecords,PO Box 1341, 
D-74643 Kunzelsau, GERMANY) 




ISEWER SCREW - "Ultradick" EP 

I'm not too familiar with this industrial style, but I'd say 
lit's kinda BIG BLACK-ish and chock full of sound bytes and 
loodly-oodly guitar solos. I can't decipher the lyrics, but I'll take 
I the SCREW's word that they dwell in "blatant(ly) violent and 
Imysogynistic (sic) theme(s)". I can't say that it sounds like 
I anything I want to further explore either. (HM) 
(PO Box 188602, Sacramento, CA 95818-8602) 



SHIKABANE -"Where Is The Jus- 
tice?" EP 

Ten songs of insane Japa- 
nese fast-core. A perfect mix of 
traditional Japanese hardcore rif- 
fage and 1000 mph blast beats. I 
know bands always get compared 
to SOB, but SHIKABANE play 
this style so damn well that S.O.B 
naturally comes to mind. Man, if 
you can find it, buy it! (MW) 
(Shigeru, 202 Nikkou Dai-7- 
Heights, 3-9-8 Yamato-Cho, Na- 




|kano-Ku, Tokyo 165, JAPAN) 



SHIKABANE/AGATHOCLES - 
split EP 

SHIKABANE fuse classic 
Japanese punk with modern day 
thrash, creating an awesome dis- 
play of power. The production on 
this doesn't match their other re- 
lease reviewed in this issue, but it is 
still a must have. AGATHOCLES 
continue their race to put out more 
splits than anybody else on the 
| face of the planet If you haven't . 
heard them by now, then you 
[should just crawl back in your cave and stay there. (RC) 
I (Keloid Records, c/o Yuji Kanai 1 13 Kanjinbashi-cho, Fukakusa, 
Fushimi-Ku, Kyoto 612, JAPAN) 



ISICKO - "You Are Not The Boss Of Me" LP 

Just what you'd expect from these guys: mid -tempo, catchy, 
Ipunkish pop (not poppish punk) with cutesy vocals and lots of 

harmonies. If you're a big fan of this sort of thing, you will like 
lit. I find it lacks the edge that separates good punkish pop from 
I great pop-punk. (KK) 

(Empty Records, PO Box 12034, Seattle, WA 98102) 




SMART ALECK - "Hail To Nationalism" EP 

This is some darn good, barebones, simple-chorded punk 
rock. It's got tinny sound, not overproduced. Imagine 
SCREECHING WEASEL but without layers of vocal harmo-j 
nies. SMART ALECK is more fresh, and more... well, sincere, 
"nity" (see? sincere) is my favorite out of 4 good songs. (GS) 
($4 ppd: Shameless Promotions, 410 Sheffield Dr. Richardson, 
TX 75081) 



SOCIETY GONE MADD - "Save Room For Dessert" CD 

Way overproduced punk rock, with enough speedy metal- 1 
tinged guitar leads to fill a small country. This all comes with! 
genius level lyrics like "Unzips my pants and she starts to tease. I 
Gets me excited, then pushes me away. ...you lead me on, there's 
no way out of this. I'll teach you a lesson you can't resist." A | 
classic example of IQ level equaling shoe size. (RC) 
(Viable Utterance Records, PO Box 7435, Burbank, CA 91510) I 



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SOMA/MEHR WUT - split EP 

A generous helping of Ger- 
man hardcore. Blistering speed, 
chainsaw riffs and guttural lyrical 
missives feature prominently on 
each side, with SOMA demonstrat- 
ing more musical prowess but 
MEHR WUT delivering utter ear- 
pummelling NAPALM DEATH 
force with blatant disregard for 
conventional straight world no- 
tions of "tuning." Appallingly, 
both bands team up for a cover of 
DYS's "Wolfpack." (AM) 

(World Upside Down Records, Gottinger Str. 39, 37120 Boven- 
den, GERMANY) 



SPAT AND THE GUTTERSNIPES/GARAGE RATS - split EP 
Something's festering in the swamps of Lake| 
County, Florida. THE GARAGE RATS are pissed-off, fucked- 
up, punk rock a la THE LEWD. SPAT AND THE GUTTER- 
SNIPES play the same type of music, but they're b tter musi- j 
cians and the singer assumes a sort of cockney accent. Impres- 
sive animalistic screams on "You Drive Me Crazy". Great first j 
record, hope these bands don't disappear. (JN) 
(Skanking Skull, 40101 Sherydan Glenn, Lady Lake, FL 32159) I 



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ISPEEDURCHIN - "Where Has It Gone?" CD/EP 

Solid pop punk out of Britain. Very indie rockish, a little 
[too much for my tastes. Four tracks, one of which is live. Actually 
[this sounded a lot like most of the indie rock coming out of 
| Britain these days, with an unfortunate tinge of late era P.I.L. 
I thrown somewhere in the mix. Someone out there is bound to 
llike this. (CW) 
|(Fluffy Bunny, 20 Elderberry Rd , London W5 4AN, UK) 



ISPREAD - "Unknown Place" 10" 

Like fellow country men HI-STANDARD, SPREAD play 
(melodic pop punk with a strong pop feel. In fact SPREAD and 
IHI-STANDARD sound a hell of a lot alike. The only difference 
lis that SPREAD'S vocalist has a more distinctive nasal quality. 

I do like HI-STANDARD, and I do like SPREAD. (JF) 
((Time Bomb, Toporo 51, bldg. 3F, 2-18-18, Nishi-Shinsaibashi, 

Chuo-Ku, Osaka 542, JAPAN) 



STACK- "Mondonervaktion" EP 
STACK slows things down 
a just a hair on this one. They stray 
away from the maddening blast 
beats, and go for more of a straight 
punk attack. The speed is still there, 
but not as blinding. A lot of this has 
a heavy CAPITALIST CASUAL- 
TIES influence. Check it out. (RC) 
(Crust Records, PO Box 8511, 
Warwick, RI 02885) 



|THE STEAM PIG - "WY-ID T'D' Double-In" CD 

A big surprise here with decent Irish oi. Non-racist, and 
I mostly non-political lyrics. This hits the mark, with fury. Real 
I fast songs, recorded well, and played with much aptitude. 
I Thankfully not too serious, sometimes that can make me shy 
I away from the pure street sound. And, it got a thumbs up from 
I the big BR, as well, which means as much as anything could in 
[this case. Very very good! (RY) 

I (Mad Butcher Records, Pater Kleppingstr. 18, D-33154 Salzkot- 
ten, GERMANY) 



ISTINK - "Spiting Nothing Up Three Ways" CD 

Powerful high energy rockin' pop punk music that jumps 
lout of the stereo at you. Sounds like this is a band that has a lot 
I of fun when they play together, and would probably be fun to see 
I live. I really like the guitar solos. Definitely recommendable. 

(HD) 

(Allied, PO Box 460683, San Francisco, CA 94146) 




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CHEETAHS 



THE STREET WALKIN' CHEE- 
TAHS - "Do The Pop/More Fun" 
Two great trash rocking 
numbers in the tradition of the 
STOOGES, MC5 or perhaps 
RADIO BIRDMAN. OK, I know 
they're BIRDMAN covers, I was 
being a jerk. They are done well 
and you should buy this, then buy 
the originals if you don't own them. 
With Deniz Tek himself. (MM) 
(Alive Records, PO Box 7112, Bur- 
bank, CA 91510) 



THE SUBSONICS - "Frankenstein/Mary Ann" 

I'm quite sure this band is used to comparisons with I 
THE CRAMPS by now, so another one won't hurt their feelings I 
too much. Musically and visually similar to their mentors, only I 
much tamer, they don't have much to offer a person seeking I 
originality. I always get the feeling that bands like this get! 
together to play and put out records just to have something cool I 
to do, rather than out of any real passion for the music they play. 
(CH) 
(Get Hip Recordings, PO Box 666, Canonsburg, PA 15233) 



SUPER HI-FIVE - "Strength Control Action" CD 

Catchy mid tempo pop punk that sounded a lot like a mix I 
of SNUFF and SAMIAM. Unlike most of the bands that fall into 
this category, they tend to mix things up a bit. Lots of catchy 
riffs, be they melodic or metallic. Tolerant introspective lyrics | 
that only fell short when they relied too heavily upon cliche. 
Decent release. (CW) 

(Creep Records, Suite 220, 252 E Market St, West Chester PA I 
19381) 



THE SYSTEM - "Thought Control" LP 

This LP contains material THE SYSTEM recorded be- 1 
tween 1980-1982. The band sounds very much like early FLUX 
OF PINK INDIANS with whom they often toured along with 
CRASS in the early '80s. The lyrics cover the usual anarchist I 
issues like anti-war, the system, alienation, thought control, ect 
As the sleeve states "it's as relative today as it would have been | 
back then. (MM) 
(Profane Existence, PO Box 8722, Minneapolis, MN 55408) 



TEEN IDOLS - "Come Dance With Me" LP 

I have to admit, when I saw the "Ben Weasel Approved' 5 
stamp on the back cover, I was just a little nervous. I mean, I 
c'mon, more Midwest pop-punk? When I saw the airbrushed 
band photos, also on the back cover, I thought I might be in for I 
forty minutes of hell. Not so, fellow punkers. Faster-paced, 
extremely catchy poppish punk rock that does not suffer from 
the gooey vocals that often ruins this stuff. Plus a foxy bass| 
player - yow. Recommended. (KK) 
(Honest Don's, PO Box 192027, San Francisco, CA 94119) 



10-96 - "Catastrophe" EP 

Eight songs of blazing punk I 
akin to SUBMACHINE and POI- 
SON IDEA with a singer whol 
sounds like he's guzzling gallons 
of turpentine. Unfortunately, the I 
first song ("What The Fuck") is 
also the fastest and the best on this | 
7", so the record seems to go down- 
hill (as far as catchiness goes) from I 
there. If they pick up the speed 
and continue to kick out the jams, I 
10-96 could be the new reigning | 

kings of punk. (PB) 

(Beer City Records, PO Box 26035, Milwaukee, WI 53226) 




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|TOE TO TOE - "Tao" CD 

Pretty consistent with their long history, these Aussies play 
I the thickneck style.... burly hardcore, nothing terribly sophist- 
icated or complicated, just getting the job done (again). Only the 
[anger and guitarist are around from back whenever, and now 
I that they 're thanking shoe companies and whatnot... who knows 
I what they're really up to. Looks nice, but somehow unsatisfying. 

(TM) 

(Shock Records, 24 High Street, Northcote 3070, AUSTRALIA) 



UNHOLY GRAVE * "Hatred?" CD 

A 32 song demo's CD of the weirdest, harshest grindcore I 
you ever heard. This has got to be their 10th release in what 
seems to be the last year or so. It has above average sound quality 
and contains 6 different demos. If you don't know of em,| 
imagine AGATHOCLES or DAHMER, with a vocalist on] 
crack. A grind freak's dream come true. (MW) 
(Antichrist c/o Daniele Schiliro, Via Mameli 14, 51 100 Pistoia, I 
ITALY) 



ITORTURE KITTY - "Yardsale" CD 

Poppy stuff that would fit on Dr. Strange or Fat. Pop punk 
[played tightly with hooks and speedy outbursts. A Mass Giorgi- 
liti production, so you know the sound. (RL) 
(VML, PO Box 183, Franklin Park, IL 60131) 



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TURBONEGRO - "Suffragette 
City/Kaerlighetens Born" 

The first side of this 45 is a 
cover of DAVID BOWIE's "Suf- 
fragette City" which was really 
good in a straightforward 
rock'n'roll kind of way, but raun- 
chier. The second side is a spoken 
word poetry type song. I must be 
honest and say I have no idea how 
to review it, since I don't know 
what they are talking about. (SB) 
(Bad Afro Records c/o Lars Krogh, 

I Poste Restante, Kabmagergade PostKontor, Kebmagergade 33, 

1000 Kobenhavn K., DENMARK) 



TURBONEGRO/ANAL BABES - 
split EP 

A reissue of a '95 Norwe- 
gian import single. The bands cov- 
er each other. TURBONEGRO 
giving the full on head-beating as- 
| sault that there stuff had so much 
more of a few years ago. Same with 
ANAL BABES. Full-on punk, but 
bordering on grindcore. Boy, I'll 
tell ya though, this is as close as I'd 
ever get to that type of sound, and 
this is rad! As I often say, and I do 
[here mostly in reference to the ANAL BABES side, I don't like 
[that MINISTRY-esque vocal effect. But, by all means pick this 
(up, it's worth quite a few spins. (RY) 

(Incognito Records, Senefelder Str. 37 A, 70176 Stuttgart, GER- 
MANY) 



| TURTLEHE AD/LOVE JUNK - split EP 

I don't know what I did, but I sure must have pissed Tom 
[Hopkins off to get assigned this. Both TURTLEHE AD and 
[LOVEJUNK play light melodic punk for one song. Unfortu- 
Inately, they both also give us a song that could be best described 
las a new wave power ballad for the mentally ill. Seriously, if 
I you've never understood the philosophy behind torturing peo- 
Iple with music, just play the second song on the LOVE JUNK 
I side. Idareya. (JF) 

[(Speedowax c/o Soundsearch, 6-8 New Street, Dudley, West 
Midlands, DY11LP, UK) 





UNITED BLOOD- "Sons Of Lib- 
erty" EP 

Somewhere between THE I 
FOUR SKINS and THE CRO- 
MAGS is where I'd file this band's | 
sound. Three songs of gritty, an* 
themic street punk. Lots of hooks, I 
gruff vocals courtesy of that big 
dude Orlando who sang for SPE- 
CIAL FORCES, and melodic fe- 
male backups. Good shit! The | 
fuckin' hammer!! The god damn 
guns of Iwo Jima, Navarone and 
Brixton ail on one seven inch! ! ! UNITED BLOOD booting down | 
a door near you soon!!!! (RM) 
(Cheetah's Records, PO Box 4442, Berkeley, CA 94704-0442) 



UNITED BLOOD - "Sons Of Liberty" EP 

From the title track: "How many of our fathers died, Tol 
give their children all a chance, We must fight to keep the dream I 
alive, It's up to us the future is in our hands... Keep on fighting I 
til the war is won, Fight the war for America, The land of the I 
Brave the free.'' While it isn't virulent nationalism, it is a bit j 
more than I'd be willing to swallow. (TH) 
(Cheetah's Records) 



URBN DK - "V.M.Live" EP 

I respect the intent with these live recordings, but some- 1 
thing is lost here with the poor sound quality that is not I 
overcompensated by the live band-crowd interaction. URBN DK I 
go off in their anti-PC, punk as fuck way, even if their comments | 
make it seem if this audience was lame. (T J) 
(V.M.L., PO Box 183, Franklin Park, IL 60131-0183) 



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VALSETRISTE - "Hermovasa- 
ra"EP 

Finnish hardcore played at 
a brutal speed. An EP with eight 
tracks, most of which average a 
minute in length. They were nice 
enough to include a lyric sheet 
that translates their songs into 
English. Neat folded packaging 
that allows you to choose from a 
few different covers, I chose the 
one with the officers covering their | 
ears. Decent. (CW) 

(Trash Can Records, Makasiinikuja 5, 61800 Kauhajoki, FIN- 
LAND) 



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|THE VANILLA MUFFINS - " The Devil Is Swiss" CD 

One of the songs on this sounds like POISON for cryin' out 
I loud! Unless done in jest, which I don't think it was, that should 
I he punishable by death! I say send this 'GREEN DAY goes pop- 
loi by way of Switzerland' band to the gallows! Or the used bins 
I at the very least! If you're in desperate need of an oi fix buy THE 
I DISCOCKS record reviewed in this issue instead of this crud! 
(RM) 

I (Walzwerk Records, PO Box 1341, D-74643 Kunzelsau, SWIT- 
ZERLAND) 



[VIOLENT SOCIETY - "Fashion Song" LP 

Ejole! This is some fucked up sounding stuff. There's a 
I definite AGNOSTIC FRONT influence here. Bits of FILTH and 
[SUBMACHINE as well. Screechy vocals, thick guitars and 
[catchy song writing. Throw this on and feel the power! (RM) 
[(Corrupted Image Records, 739 Manor St., Lancaster, PA 
17603) 







WOGGLES/HILLBILLY FRAN- 
KENSTEIN. split EP 

OK, I've never 'gone' for 
the WOGGLES, so they're up 
against it They throw down two 
covers, one is the PRETTY 
THINGS with a cool buzzing gui- 
tar sound but that ain't enough to 
heat this house, so no go. 
HILLBILLY FRANKENSTEIN. 
Good name. Yeah, right. The girl 
can sing, but she ain't no 
APRIL MARCH. Needle up, arm 

over, lights out. (RW) 

(Solemante, 125 St. Marks PI #2, Brooklyn, NY 11217-2015) 



X-IT - "Wife Sentence" EP 

I guess this record was re- 
corded live in San Pedro some- 
where. Sounds real good for being 
live. It's just raw enough to cap- 
ture their energy, and just clear 
enough to make the faster songs 
not blur together. These three 
women can pump out some pretty 
honest sounding punk/thrash. At 
times pissed, others humorous, this 
definitely has its moments. Even 
comes equipped with an interest- 
I ing BEASTIE BOYS cover. I only wish they'd lean harder on the 
raw sing-along stuff than the fast, thrashy stuff. Good. (BG) 
KMicrocosmic Records, PO Box 4294 Huntington Beach, CA 
92605) 



I THE X-RAYS - "P.C.P." EP 

These trashy basement punks from England are quite 
I prolific and this particular release is most rockin'! The guitar is 
I fuzzed out, fucked up and of the finest kind! Muffled vocals add 
la layer of beautiful garage sludge on top of this demented rock 

'n roll. It's all plenty dirty for you! (BR) 

(Dig the Fuzz Records, PO Box 79, Nottingham NG5 9BT, 

ENGLAND) 




V/A - "Bloodstains Across Spain" LP 

Every country will have their day, even if it is fifteen or I 
twenty years too late. The latest stab at covering every Euro! 
punk scene does the Iberian thing, which apparently didn't 
really get going until about 1981 record-wise, so although most 
of these bands should 've been doing the polka blur we're instead 
treated to actual '78-style punka-rocka. Every song is in the! 
native tongue, and some of the bands have pretty great songs, I 
namely KAKA DE LUXE, KANGRENA, ULTIME RESORTE 
and DECIBELIOS. The sangin' kinda jars on my Ami-centric I 
ears (like Finnish, sorry guys), so the sing-song don't come over I 
on most of these for me. Still, the songs are usually solid punk I 
rock, just ain't no GUILTY RAZORS brain-burn. (RW) 
(Booty Records, no address) 



V/A - "Call It Whatever You Want #2" CD 

What a kick ass idea! This compilation features all Austra- 
lian bands! For the most part they all sound extremely different, I 
and the ones that rocked me off my feet are NO GRACE, 
FRONTSIDE, STRAIGHT TO A TOMB, STAND AGAINST, 
and SOMMERSET. This is my favorite item I have reviewed for I 
this issue. I am so impressed by the diversity of the bands, and 
also the amount of bands! Fifteen in all, with a whopping thiry | 
four songs on this disc!. (LU) 

(Snapshot, PO Box 175, Georges Hall 2198, NSW, AUSTRA- 
LIA) 



V/A - "Cover Whatever You Want" EP 

Aussie bands covering... urn, you get the idea. Minimal I 
packaging doesn't give me a lot to look at while I listen - band 
names/song titles only. Unfortunate, as I didn't bring anything 
to read. And I'd like to know more about the bands and all. Solid 
stuff, as I'd expect - tons of great bands down under - here you 
get FALLOUT, WALSH ST. COP KILLERS, PITFALL, 
CEASEFIRE, SELF RELIANCE and FORWARD DEFENSE. 
Limited to 300, so forget it I guess. (TM) 
(Snapshot, PO Box 175, Georges Hall, NSW 2198, AUSTRA- 1 
LIA) 



V/A - "Eat Your Head Melbourne Compilation" CD 

An authentic Antipodean aural attack. Originally re- 1 
leased in 1984 as a double LP, the highlights of this seminal comp 
include CIVIL DISSIDENT, VICIOUS CIRCLE, ROYAL 
FLUSH, I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVY, CHARRED REMAINS 
and MAD FLOWERS. There's all sorts of stuff on here, from 
thrash to melodic punk to arty TSOL type damage. 1984 was a 
good year for the p-rock all over the world, I guess. (AM) 
(Au-Go-Go, GPO Box 542D, Melbourne, Victoria 3001, AUS- 
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I V/A - "Fiesta Cames Alive" CD 

This is just what everyone has been waiting for! This has 
I at least one live song from almost every band that has ever 
I played Oilman Street's yearly Slap A Ham Festival. There was 
loaly a couple of bands that didn't make it on this compilation, 
| an d nm was mostly due to bad recordings. This is a who's who 
M fiteri and hardcore, including all of your favorites like 
■CROSSED OUT, CAVITY, PLUTOCRACY, NO COMMENT, 
I HELLN ATION, and many more. All of these recordings are all 
I straight from the sound board so the quality is top notch. This is 
i t*cde»t documentation of this event, and I hope to see you all 
"^ earning January. (RC) 

I A Ham, PO Bon 420843, San Francisco, CA 94142-0843) 



V/A - "Kangaroobeercity - Lalala Massacre" LP 

The cover to this record has a couple of people sporting Fat 
Wreck Chords and Epitaph shirts and hats being dismembered 
and impaled by a huge person with a skull-with-a-mohawk 
instead of a face. Gnarly! This is actually a collaboration 
between Beer City Records from Milwaukee and Kangaroo 
Records from Amsterdam, and it features punchy, fast hard- 
core from the USA, Holland and Australia. Like who, you ask? 
APARTMENT 3G, YAWP!, TOE TO TOE, THE IDIOTS, 
OUT COLD, and tons more. Almost every track rules, serious- 
ly, just powerful, no frills hardcore. Look elsewhere for your 
metal or crossover crap. (AM) 

Kangaroo Records, Middenweg 13,1098 AA Amsterdam, HOL- 
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er songs!?! BOVVER 96 , THE 
AUTHORITY, FIRST STRIKE, & 
THE TROUBLE MAKERS at- 
tempt the impossible, with varying 
degrees of success. None come even 
close to the ferocity & passion of 
the originals. So, do yourselves a 
WnL, 1 favor kids. Throw down the cash 

J* and buy the reissue cd 's. Then rev- 

el with glee in the long gone origi- 
nal oi.(TB) 

(Longshot Records, 85 Paul Rd., Kamloops, BC, V2C 6T1, 

CANADA) 



|V/A-"Ha!KiHMe!"EP 

Here is some East Coast action from FLESH EATING 
[CREEPS, THEY LIVE, and THE INFERTIL. The F.E.C. are 
I pretty lackluster and boring to me, but T.L. come off with some 
I brutal hardcore in the style of APARTMENT 213. Killer vocals, 
■sounds great! T.I. again are a sleeper. This record is basically a 
I huge slab of tasty tofu inbetween two pieces of stale white bread. 
[The kids demand more from THEY LIVE. (TG) 
[(Amendment Records c/o Dave A, 580 Nansemond Cres, Ports- 
mouth, VA 23707) 



| V/A - "Homeless In BC" CD 

Four bands featured on this disc. Six songs each by WISE- 
ICRACK, CRETINS, RETREADS, and STOREBOUGHT. 
I Hardcore, melodic HC, RAMONES-like, and pop punk on this. 
I AH done pretty well. (RL) 

l(Spawner Records, 19705 Fraser Hwy, BC, V3A 8H2, CANA- 
|DA) 



|v/A-"InjakBaIik!"EP 

Fast, wild, furious Indonesian punk rock. From the garagy 
I (PUPPEN) to the hardcore (RUNTAH), Indonesia has a scene to 
[contend with. Support Tian An Men 89 Records and help punk 
I rock flourish worldwide. (TJ) 

I ($6 ppd: Darbouka Records, 17 Rue De La Foret, 67340 Mench- 
Ihoff en, FRANCE) 



V/A - "Killed By Death 200" LP 

While there's "strictly no American junk", there's a fair I 
amount of French junk here. This one is all French mostly from 
1978 which means it's only half intriguing to most people. 
Purposely leaving out bands like METAL URBAIN, STAR- 
SHOOTER, DOGS and GUILTY RAZORS, this is sort of a 
collection of the inbetween stuff and complete obscurities. Lots 
of really rocking moments like LES ABLETTLES, OX and 
STRYCHNINE... But lots of mediocrity. Like most of the series, 
it's still a pretty important document. (LH) 
(no address of course) 



V/A- - "Killed By Death 201" LP 

Yet another "classic" punk comp put out by God-knows- 
who and featuring aU Italian bands and most unknownst to me, . 
cept ' for maybe the HITLER SS and the TAMPAX tunes. What 
can I say at this point after the quadziliionth "Bloodstains 
Across..", "Killed By..." etc. etc: European punk rock here 
that's okay by most standards though not earth-shattering. 
Unlike the Americans, the European stuff is not quite as bizarre 
or mutated, pretty straightforward <77 UK punk and oi-in- 
spired, melodic, strident stuff here in a mid-tempo 4/4 beat A 
quick perusal of side one revealed nothing too significant, 
though the UNIPLUX (eyh?) tune rocks and the SATAN 81 and 
the PETROLIO tunes rate mention. Side two is still ruled bv the 
TAMPAX/HITLER SS tunes (from the sought after split 7") just 
because it is so uniquely fucked up and crazed compared to the f 
other stuff. In summary, okay tunes, most of these could have 
probably stayed in obscurity and probably will. (J Y) 
(no address) 



V/A - "La Bronka Petrolera" EP 
Five bands from Venezuela 
that I guarantee you haven't heard 
of. DESKARRIADOS are pretty 
good 'brutal thrash', LA BANDA 
DE A BANANA VOLDADORA 
are horrid cop-show theme/ska fu- 
sion,EPOCA DE RECLUTAand 
RISA are breathless hardcore, and 
TOTAL MISERIA are some odd 
TEENAGE JESUS meets thrash 
deal that I can't fathom. Sounds 
pretty nice, apart from the one 
bomb on side one. (JH) 
(Haximu, Aptdo 815, 1021-A Caracas, VENEZUELA) 




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V/A - "Last Call For The Lost 
Scenes Vol 1"EP 

The people at this label (Liik 
Haas!) deserve all the support they 
can get, documenting long lost and 
current punk rock scenes from the 
all over the world. This samples 
includes bands like Albania's 
GUTTERSNIPE, Jordan's 
MEGAPOWER, Madagascar's 
KAZAR, and Reunion Island's 
ACID who delivers the best punk- 
abilly song since the early METE- 

lORS.(EC) 

I (Tien An Mien 89, Antipodes Souterraines, 28 Rue de Soultz, 

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V/A - "Physical Fatness, Fat Music Vol. Ill" CD 

Yes this a compilation from Fat Wreck Chords, and it's I 
what all you hardgainers have been waiting for. Let me explain 
something, these label compilations are samplers of every record 
released by the record companies that year. These samplers are 
always pretty cheap, even on CD. This is well worth the measly 
$3.98 asking price, and if you close your eyes it's like you're in 
Germany! The point of these comps is to give you a taste of a 
label's sound and sometimes that's more varied than other I 
times. This CD has among others: NOFX, LAGWAGON, 
GOOD RIDDANCE, and SWINGING UTTERS. We all want | 
to be fat asses, let's face it (JV) 
(Fat Wreck Chords, PO Box 193690, San Francisco, CA 94119) I 






V/A - "Meet The Werewolf ' EP 

Four (you guessed it!) werewolf-themed numbers pulled 
(together from the various corners of the EDDIE ANGEL uni- 
[verse for your enjoyment, if you can stand the corn. 

THE NEANDERTHALS do an enjoyably dumb SONICS-in- 
Ifiuenced instro and an enjoyably dumb vocal. EDDIE ANGEL 

does a fine cover of THE FRANTICS' "Werewolf (which 
I served as, uh, "inspiration" for the CRAMPS' "Don't Eat Stuff 
I Off the Sidewalk") and thePANASONICS' (with Mr. Pan from 
I THE DEATH DEALERS) retool it enough to call it an original. 
■Recorded at Toe-Rag (trademark of quality!). (DD) 

(Spinout Records, 4402 Soper Ave., Nashville, TN 37204) 



I V/A- "More Chaos" CD 

A 30 song/band disc that comes with Under The Volcano 
|zine #39. Hardcore, retro, and pop punk. BOILS, MCRACK- 

INS, VIOLENT SOCIETY, the great BUFORD, RHYTHM 
I COLLISION, etc. A very strong comp as far as comps go. (RL) 

($5 ppd: Motherbox Records, 60 Denton Ave, East Rockaway, 

NY 11518) 



| V/A - "Nothing Beats A Royal Flush" CD 

Every once in a while I think the world is perfect It doesn't 

I happen often and it doesn't last too long, but right now I'll revel 

I in that moment cos this comp is just that good. A collection of 

■ Canadian garage and surf bands that include some of my 

favorites: THE SPACESHITS, THE VON ZIPPERS, 

THE TONICS as well as some ofmy new favorites: THE MANTS, 

THE IRRITATIONS, THE SHINOLAS, THE INFERNOS, 

I THE BREWTALS and more. I really like every song and you 

I will too. Put this on, close your eyes and think about how 

I wonderful things are. (CK) 

(Roto-Flex, PO Box 64252, Calgary, AB, T2K 6J1, CANADA) 



I V/A - "Punk Fiction" 10" 

Comp full of verily well known bands that didn't just pass 

I off their unwanted shit to some poor kid, except the SWINGIN' 

I UTTERS' total shit song. Poppy, good time punk rock from 
ZOINKS!, THE FRANTICS, HECKLE (wish this was recorded 
better), THE GAIN (of course with a tad of mod influence), THE 

I FORCE and a heavier hit from A.F.I.. The sexy man in drag on 

I the cover is yet another selling point. (TJ) 
(Wedge, PO Box 1146, Grass Valley, CA 95945) 



V/A - "Ramencore Volume 1" CD 

You know, after listening to this whole twenty-seven song I 
CD, there's only one band on here that makes the whole thing 
worth getting. I mean sure there were some pretty cool bands 
like LINK 80, WET-NAP, and OPPRESSED LOGIC. And, 
sure, there were some pretty annoying bands like ALIEN SPY, I 
THE SELL OUTS, and SEVEN-X. But throughout this entire 
CD, which as a whole I think is great, the only band that really 
made my pants tighten up (in a matter of speaking) was 
AMERICAN STEEL. Proving to me again (I reviewed their 
seven inch) that they are a force to be reckoned within the Bay | 
Area scene, and quite possibly, one of the best to emerge from it. 
(AT) 

($9 ppd: Burnt Ramen Records, PO Box 22022, Oakland, CA 
94623-0022) 



V/A - "Sensational Octopus" EP 
I think this is a 5 band EP 
from the town "La Spezia" which 
is likely in Italy. It mixes 3 heavy 
grindcore bands with 2 pop punk 
ones that have heard a bit of 
NOFX. (MM) 

(Andrea Caredda, Via 27 Marzo 
95, 19121 SP, ITALY) 



V/A - "Sindrome Colonial" EP 

This record is sub-titled "Underground Macau," and| 
features two bands from there, EASTERN RED and LA H AINE. 
EASTERN RED play straightforward, basic rock/punk, with I 
the advantage that their singer sounds like HR from the BAD 
BRAINS. LA HAINE, on the other hand, are more experimen- 
tal, sounding a lot like THE EX. Pretty enlightening. Where will | 
Liik Haas take us next? (AM) 

(Tian An Men 89, Antipodes Souterrains, 28 Rue De Soultz, | 
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V/A - "Songs For The Witching 
Season" EP 

Wow, what a great record. 
Usually on theme-oriented compi- 
lations, there's one good one and 
three dogs. This one is a spooky 
blockbuster. It starts out strong 
with BLANKS IT s "Fuck Hallow- 
een/ 9 fast and loud and with sing-a- 
long chorus. SHOWCASE SHOW- 
DOWN contributes a great song, 
it's fast and scary, but when you 
figure out the lyrics it's hysterical 
[("no treats for you, you pagan brats, you were here an hour 
[ago"). THE BOILS rock out with 'Devil's Eve." The PATRI- 
lOTS' cut, while not my bag, is a solid slow and fast hardcore 
Isong, "Evil Spirits." Excellent. On icky olive green vinyl. (GS) 
[(Creep Records, 252 E. Market St #220, West Chester, PA 
19381) 



I V/A - 'That's The Way The Cookie Crumbles" CD 

Sitting around the house complaining that DC isn't put- 
I ting out enough emo? You are in luck! France is taking over on 
I the emo tip. This emo filled CD comes with Kerosene Zine #5. 
I The live NRA tracks stand out as the only shit that would cause 
la riot or get someone to stand up at a show. (TJ) 
($12 ppd: Kerosene, BP 3701, F-54097 Nancy Cedex, FRANCE) 



I V/A - "The Blue Whale" LP 

This is a comp LP of 6 No. American bands. THE INDE- 
PENDENTS from So. Carolina turn in 2 songs, one being a 
I bland cover of "Under My Wheels" by ALICE COOPER and 
■the other a catchy pop-punk-rock tune. THE LIZARDS from 
I Sacramento do six short punk blasts with their well known 
I humor and clown-like vocals. One song sounds like it's sung 
I through a megaphone!!! CATAPULT.from Las Vegas are pret- 
I ty early Lookout/Very Small Records in nature, maybe SCHLO- 
ING, VICTIMS FAMILY and PLAID RETINA rolled into one. 
[SUBMISSION HOLD from Vancouver have 3 songs on here, 
land whenever I hear them, all I can think of is how much they 
I sound like SPITBOY. BOBA FETT YOUTH are (were?) from 
J Las Vegas and just sound kinda bland, one song is mid-tempo 
I pop rock and the other is a fast punker about yuppie weekend 
I cyclists. SHARON TATE from Long Beach do two long, quirky 
■ hardcore songs, which also make me immediately think of the 
I PL A ID RETIN A/VICTIMS FAMILY thing again. Overall, this 
lis entertaining, not bad, or even really great, but compilations 
I like this are really more of a sampler for you to pick up so you 
lean go check out the band's other records. (PB) 
l(Bucky Records, PO Box 72671, Las Vegas, NV 89170) 



I V/A - "The Fattest Bitch" EP 

I can't figure out why someone would put a comp this 
I stupid out without any decent explanation. I'm as much of a 
I misogynist goofball as the next punk, but I still find the delivery 
I of the packaging totally lame. Four of the six songs are pretty 
I worthless as well. PIGEONGOAT has the only worthwhile song, 
land THE GOBLIN's garagey, low-fi tune with drum solo, at 
I least has a gimmick. The other 4 songs seem like generic filler. 
[Not even the powder blue vinyl can save this slab. (HM) 
(Fat Bitch Tire Records, PO Box 362, Monroe, NC 28111) 



V/A - "Thoughts And Notions... Con Brio" EP 

Two extremely (and quite unfortunately) underrated bands 
show up on this comp of mostly Chicago area bands; V RE- 
VERSE and MYLAL V REVERSE manage to let all the 
instruments do cool shit at the same time with enough energy 
and speed to let you remember they're pissed. And the lyrics 
don't let the scene off the hook with very direct questions and 
observations. MY LAI have found a perfect middle ground 
between the Chicago hardcore sounds of CHARLES 
BRONSON and MK ULTRA and the East Coast manic hard* 
core of MEREL. TREPAN NATION play a melodic, catchy, 
and almost poppy hardcore with fucking great lyrics about J 
getting older in punk; "And I feel alone, but still I stay. After so 
long I don't know another way." MILKWEDE deliver a song 
similar to INDIAN SUMMER or AMBER INN that's rhythm 
intensive, with build ups, careful layering, and could be in that 
emo jerk's column. (TH) 
(Static Station, PO Box 803237, Chicago, IL 60680) 



V/A - "Traffic Violation Records" 
EP 

Side A of this upstate NY 
comp comes in like a lamb with 
the soothing bleating of 
THE HOWARDS, reminiscent of 
"PunkHouse"eraSCREECHING 
WEASEL, and goes out like a lion 
with the metal-influenced, cool 
guitar sound, heavy floor torn ac- 
tion of KEMPLETON. The sec- 
ond side is a tsunami of energy. 
DISENCHANTED play hyper, 
tight punk rock, but that singer, what a maroon! They should 
drive down to the playground and hire someone who can write 
less immature, snivelling lyrics. The ever-so-peppy and fun 
CHECKERBOARD CHARLIE leave even a confirmed "ska- 
punk" hater such as myself tapping my toes and shimmying 
down the aisles. All in all, a decent disk. (JN) 
(Traffic Violation Records, PO Box 772, E Setauket, NY 11733) 



V/A - "Unterhund Veselica" LP 

A comp from Slovenia including multiple tracks by four 
bands. KRISTUSI play a style that reminds me of oi, Two Tone, 
and an early '80s East Coast HC style. PWDIGARJI play an 
even more overtly ska blend amped up with organs and a 
dominating horn section. NOISE ORDER play dark eclectic, 
full throttle hardcore with dual tortured vocals. While WASSER- 
DICHT finish ou the record with a straightforward, consistent! 
punk with tight songs. (MK) 
(Miha Mehtsun, Skolibrova 8, 2270 Ormoz, SLOVENIA) 



V/A - "Wolverine-Impact-Nasty Vinyl Sampler" CD 

Three German labels pooling their resources on this here 
release which comes with the latest issue of "Plastic Bomb". This 
28 band CD's got it all, good and bad. Old school European 
hardcore, *77 style punk, ska, RAMONES type punk, death 
metal meets hip-hop done entirely in German, a hilarious pop- 
polka tune and the list goes on. If you're looking for some variety 
or something different check this out. (RM) 
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Reviews by: UA) Jen Angel, (LB) Lily Boe, (JO Jeremy Cool, (MD) Mikel 
Delgado, CRD) Raphael DiDonato, (TD) Timothy Doran, (GF) Gardner Fusuhara, 
(JF) Jodi Feldman, (HH) Harald Hartmann, (JH) Jeff Heermann, (MJ) Mary Jane, 
(AM) Allan McNaughton, (JM) Jeff Mason, (RM) Raimundo Murguia, (AR) 
Aragorn, (TD Travis T, (LU) Leah Urbano, (CW) Charles Wolski, (JW) Joe 
Whiting, (KW) Kelli Williams, (JX) Jux, (TX) Trixie. Specific criticisms aside, it should be 
understood that any independent release deserves credit for ail the work and money going into it 



Just a quick reminder, when you send in your zine for review please include the following 
information: number of pages, method of printing, and the price. This will help us and you. 
We will not review mainstream rock magazines, even in the guise of 'zines (like a few majors 
are attempting to pull off), poetry, swim suit magazines, hippie new age politics, etc. The 
scope of coverage isn't as narrow as it sounds, but you have to draw the line somewhere. 
Believe it or not, this isn't an easy job deciding what gets reviewed or listed and altogether 
rejected. Consistency is impossible in a situation like this. Thanks a lot, Mikel and Jen. 



A PUNK KIDS WALKS INTO A 

BAR #9 / $1 ppd 

8 1/2x11 - newsprint - 32 pgs 
I have been here for a while, and finally 
come across a zine that has things to 
READ in it. I have been following this 
zine since the first issue, and it gets 
better and better every time. This issue 
is rockin' with No interviews, just col- 
umns and a lot of fun! I especially en- 
joyed the oral surgery piece, and the 
page entitled, "No really, don't read 
this. Just turn the page. You'll thank 
me." It was fun- 
ny! This is great, 
and Barclay 
puts it out fast- 
er than I can 
read it! (LU) 
PO Box 254 / 
Rye, NY 10580 

AGREE TO 
DISAGREE 

#4 / $2 ppd 
8 1/2x11- off- 
set - 64 pgs 
I liked this Ca- 
nadian zine. 
Pretty typical 
format, letters, 
columns, re- 
views, etc. This 
issue has inter- 
views with the 
UK Subs, Anti- 
Flag, and Reset, 
plus some arti- 
cles about 
NATO and Bear Watch (anti hunting 
organization). There are more columns 
here than in Maximum or Punk Planet, 
and that's a lot. Most of them were 
pretty good, except for one really stu- 
pid one on straight edge that said the 
Circle Jerks and Bad Religion were 
edge. The Circle Jerks! Maybe it was a 
joke that was over my head. Still a good 




read. (GF) 

PO Box 56057 / First Ave. P.O. / Van- 
couver, BC / V5L 5E2 / Canada 

AMUSING YOURSELF TO DEATH 

#8 / $2 ppd 

8 1/2x11 -copied - 20 pgs 
Zinemaster Ruel Gaviola and his gang of 
reviewers are at it again. This month 
doesn't disappoint! with over 70 lengthy 
and opinionated reviews. Ruel is also 
starting up a zine distro with his favorites 
so be sure to check that out, too. (KW) 
Ruel Gaviola / 
PO Box 91 934 /San- 
ta Barbara, CA 93 190 

ANTITHIS- 
ESTABLISHMENT 

TAR1ANISM #3 / 

$1? 

8 1/2x5 1/2 -copied 
-48 

Run of the mill emo 
SXE zine. Interviews 
(Nema and Jen An- 
gel), animal rights, 
badly reproduced 
photos. Rants against 
sex and drinking 
(that's when I got 
skeptical) and abor- 
tion (that's when I put 
it down). (MD) 
PO Box 2181 1 / 
Roanoake,VA24018 

BASTARD #4 / $1 

ppd 

8 1/2x11- newsprint - 1 6 pgs 
Well, this guy sure isn't afraid to say 
anything. Full of nasty ass shit: a win a 
date with Crisco Boy contest (that sounds 
fucking lovely, doesn't it?), vomit, sex 
(hopes of), make your own bongs, and 
more. Pubescent boys will love this. (LB) 
Rob Bastard / PO Box 6822 / New Alba- 
ny, IN 47151-6822 



BATTLE SCARRED #1 / $? 

8 1/2x11 - printed - 38 pgs 
Obviously this zine "dedicated to anti- 
fascist skinheads everywhere " isn't for 
everyone, but for those of us tired of 
flagwaving, beer drinking, jocks in boots 
and braces, this is a breath of fresh air. 
Includes interviews with local oi/street- 
punk bands, a historical background of 
the seminal anti-racist Midwestern 
crews in the late eighties, and an en- 
lightening and educating look at the 
roots of ska. The piece de resistance 
was the piece about RASH, a leftist 
skinhead faction, that includes social- 
ists, communists, and anarchists. But 
don't miss the hilarious and pathetic 
expose on the many kids in their area 
who flirt with right wing skinhead fac- 
tions and scene hop for convenience. 
(KW) 
PO Box 608038 / Chicago, IL 60626 

BOISE LIFE #2 / two stamps 
8 1/2x5 1/2 -copied -24 pgs 
This was deemed " the hair issue " , with 
not enough focus on hair. It's a funny, 
light read with topics ranging from an 
interview with a guy who was kicked 
out of school and had to get his haircut, 
to random tidbits about obnoxious 
Christians who followed her around 
downtown. Comical enough for me, 
but there's not much to be found in- 
side. (RD) 
3618 Tulara Dr. / Boise, ID 83706 

BROKEN PENCIL #6 / $4 95 

8 1/2X11- printed - 80 pgs 
Cool Canadian version of Fact Sheet 
Five. Half of the mag is reviews of 
zines, comics and chapbooks (catego- 
rized by region), books and some mu- 
sic and E-zines. As a sample, there are 
some excerpted articles from various 
zines reviewed including my favourite 
Infiltration and a short interview with 
the star of " Ladies and Gentlemen, the 



Fabulous Stains" from Sockamagee. 
And there's more - contributed articles 
on anarchy and feminism, fiction and a 
series on the state of spoken and writ- 
ten word in Montreal. This issue is full. 
(TX) 

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$2ppd 

8 1/2x11- 

newsprint - 64 

pgs 

After reading 
through this 
one, I have to 
say that 
I am neither 
thoroughly ex- 
cited or thor- 
oughly disgust- 
ed by this zine. 
It is just kind of 
there. The lay- 
out and look of 
this issue is 
definitely Punk 
Planet-ish . 
Most of the 
columns writ- 
ten were for 
the most part 
revolving 
around Bay 
Area issues. 
Also, most of 
the record reviews were seemingly fa- 
vorable. Did they bother to review the 
crap? I am sure they got plenty of it in 
the mail, as does MRR.This zine defi- 
nitely has its moments, though. Two 
neat informative articles: one on the 
CIA crack cocaine connection; the oth- 
eron the alleged UFO sighting this year 
in Arizona. OK issue. CCW) 
PO Box 642634 / San Francisco, CA 
94164-2634 

CLASS WAR #74 / $3 ppd 

12 x 16 -offset - 10 pgs 
Apparently what was formerly known 
as Class War has split into two factions 
and this is put out by the self-described 
militant side. This reads like a parody of 
itself. Are they really selling Class War 
stickers autographed by Alice Cooper 
to raise money? I used to get a kick out 
of Class War, but this stupid, macho 
posturing really doesn't interest me. 
And look, it really goes too far when 
they make fun of anyone from EastEnd- 
ers. I have my limits. (MJ) 
London CW / PO Box 467 / London E8 
3QX / England 

CLIMAX #2 / $? 

8 1/2x12- printed - 44 pgs 

An interesting mix of comic book and 



art zine, with a bit of underground horror 
cult film thrown in for good measure. Plus 
some random writing, including a piece 
on the asshole problem in America. For 
some reason a lot of the comics seem to 
be about shitting, and one that seems to 
pay homage to a Ray Bradbury story. 
Also a photo spread on a guy who does 
chainsaw sculpture with trees. All in all a 
pretty good read, I found most of it to be 
very entertaining. (JW) 

R. Manzstraat 67 



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/ 3026 TV Rotter- 
dam / Holland 

CLIMAX #3/$? 

8 1/2x12- print- 
ed - 68 pgs 
This issue's theme 
is soap, mostly 
soap operas, done 
in comic form. The 
people who put 
this out seem to 
be seriously twist- 
ed, and I like it. 
There is an amaz- 
ing pictorial story 
featuring the Stink 
Sisters, which 
seems to have 
nothing to do with 
the rest of the is- 
sue, and quite de- 
fies description. 
What a great zine- 
in color too. (JW) 

R. Manzstraat 67 / 3026 TV Rotterdam / 

Holland 

CONSTANT AGITATION #4 / $2 + 

stamp 

5 1/2x81/2 -copied - 18 pgs 
Handwritten, fun effort chockful of mar- 
velous photographs of Horton Heat, the 
Fags, Snotboy 77, the Muzzies. Liked it. 
(TD) 

PO Box 1582 / Anne Arbor, Ml 48106- 
1582 

DAY OLD DONUTS #1 1 / free+2 
stamps 

5 1/2x8 1/2 -copied- 24 pgs 
The title of this zine reminds me of egg- 
plant and his dumpstered food fetish. The 
inside reminds me a little of MRR, where l 
you'll find interviews with Nothingface 
and Sam Black Church and show reviews 
from the Vermont area. Add to this clever 
stories on the Clifford sisters, McDonalds, 
Jack Endino and some William S. Bur- 
roughs rantings and you the get the gist of 
this zine. There's lots here and the price 
is great. CJX) 

Andy Jones / 1 03 York St. / Poultney, VT 
05764 

DISAFFECTED YOUTH #1 / $1 ppd 

8 1/2x51/2- copied - 24 pgs 



As much as I tried to like this, I just 
couldn't. It has a terrible interview with 
JFA, and two contrasting interviews 
with Lawrence Livermore and George 
Tabb that didn't tell you a single thing 
(enough already!). Lastly, there were 
the columns and rants that were just 
not thought out enough. If a little more 
time was spent on this, it may become 
a tad more interesting. (RD) 
207 Stillwater Dr. / Oviedo, FL 32765 

DISTAIMTVOICES#17/$1 + stamp 

5 1/2x8 1/2 -copied- 18 pgs 

Oh wow! This is exactly what I'm look- 
ing for! Another half size copy job de- 
voted entirely to major label third wave 
ska. No, I kid. This is pretty pointless. 
What's scary is that there are 1 6 more 
issues of this zine floating around. (JO 
260 Garth Rd. / Scarsdale, NY 1 0583 

EARQUAKE #55 / $2 ppd 

8 1/2x6- copied - 28 pgs - French 
The latest from Frederic's "revue des 
musiques impopulaires." Band inter- 
views, zine reviews, book reviews in- 
cluding Bret Easton Ellis's Less than 
Zero, a book on Yukio Mishima by one 
Henry Scott Stokes, and Skrewdriver; 
The First Ten Years: punk, oi, more. 
Good as usual. (TD) 
Frederic Leca / 881 60 Le Menil-Thillot 
/ France 

ENNOYING CRACK #3 / ?? 

6 x 6 - copied - 44 pgs 

Yes, the title is spelled correctly - it 
refers to the sound the editor's bike 
makes. This is the life of a cyclist in 
Belgium revolving around accidents, 
new accessories that don't work, and 
the importance on eating on long rides. 
The feature article for me was how he 
followed the true DIY punk principles 
by designing his own messenger bag 
and then getting his mom to put the 
thing together. Too bad she didn't in- 
clude the pattern, it might have re- 
deemed this for me. What really con- 
fused me was the back page. Superim- 
posed over a picture of a wheelchair 
was the inscription "no engine but NO 
I don't wanna try it! " I'm pretending it's 
a message about bike safety. (TX) 
Tom Sap / Kranenbroeklaan 1 9 / 8930 
Lauwe / Belgium 

EYE CANDY #4 / $1 or 3 stamps / 
trade 

5 1/2x8 1/2 -copied- 72 pgs 
This is pretty thick, but I just feel like 
there is something missing. There are 
two interviews, one with the Subverts 
which is pretty lengthy. The other is 
with John S. Hall from the famous, King 
Missile. Other than that, I didn't really 
find too many interesting things else- 
where in this zine. Layout is in the true 



DIY fashion of cut and paste, but it 
needs some work in the clarity depart- 
ment. Lots of reviews and some ads. 
(LU) 

Joseph Biel / 7741 Ohio St. / Mentor, 
OH 44060-4850 

F.O.E. #38 / $1 ppd 

8 1/2x11 - newsprint - 56 pgs 
F.O.E. rocks. The writers are great (but 
goddamn are they depressing!), the 
music coverage is eclectic, and the 
whole quality level is extremely high. 
The focus is mostly on the Lehigh Val- 
ley, PA scene, but not so much as to 
seem too inclusive. There's show "ob- 
servations", tons of photos, record 
reviews and a Spazz interview. It's qood. 

(jo y 

PO Box 4 / Bethlehem, PA 18016 

FLOUR POWER #8 / $2 ppd world 
6x8 1/2 - printed - 40 pgs 
There's a ton of material in this "anar- 
chist punk zine " , but the print is so tiny 
you'd have to really want to read it to 
justify so much squinting. I did feel well 
rewarded with the interview with Brob 
(77/t.O, the articles on (anti-) animal re- 
search and vaccinations (w/ contact 
listings), and the thing on anarchist 
pirates. -Also letters, reviews (some 
real old), Vancouver scene report, po- 
litical and punk debates. Worth the 
squinting. (JM) 

Rejoice / PO Box 78068 / 2606 Com- 
mercial Dr. / Vancouver, BC / V5N 
5W1 / Canada 

4Q #3 / $2 ppd 

8 1/2x11 - copied - 24 pgs 
Pretty standard zine that focuses on 
the oi scene. I don't want to rain on 
anyone's parade but the lack of any 
distinguishing personality and the poor 
photo reproduction found within these 
pages make for an unexciting and some- 
what forgettable read. Along with the 
standard zine and record reviews you 
get interviews with The Business, The 
Idols, Squiggy and others. Hopefully 
next issue will take things up a notch. 
(RM) 

Willy / 200 Gibson St / Berea, OH 
44017 

FREE CHOICE #2 / $2 ppd 

8 1/2x11- printed - 36 pgs 
Austrian DIY effort mostly in English. 
Interviews in English with Agoura Cali- 
fornia's Rhythm Collision; Germany's 
Disrespect; Colorado's Nobodys. In- 
terviews in German with Eat My Shorts, 
Leben, Konstrukt; one of those Vio- 
lence in the Scene spiels; more. (TD) 
Wiedner Marcus / Stollenweg 7 / 8700 
Leben / Austria 

GEARHEAD#6/$5.95 



8 1/2x11 -offset- 114 pgs 
A nice-looking rebel-themed Kozik cover 
kicks of this redneck issue of Gearhead. 
There's so much to read here, and most 
of it you'll enjoy even if, like me, you've 
never owned a car. There's a lengthy 
account of Elvis Deathweek '97, where 
hordes of Elvis fans of all color, class and 
creed descend on Graceland to celebrate 
/ remember the fateful death of the King 
Of Rock and Roll in August 1 977. Tacked 
on to that is a trip to the Memphis Music 
Hall Of Fame, which sounds like a worth- 
while pilgrimage many of us would like to 
make. Also recommended is the inter- 
view with Billy F. Gibbons of 77 Top, who 
came across as a gentleman and a schol- 
ar. Be sure not to miss the whole section 
on those good ole boys of The Dukes Of 
Hazzard, and last but not least, see Mike 
give a rare bad review, to the new Misfits, 
You'll lap up this zine like a kitten to a 
saucer of 2%. (AM) 

PO Box 421219 / San Francisco, CA 
94142-1219 

GORDON YAM AMOTO AND THE 
KING OF THE GEEKS #1 / $2 95 

8 1/2x11- 
newsprint - 
36 pgs 
This comic 
is getting 
off to a nice 
start with a 
pretty funny 
story that 
I'm sure will 
develop 
nicely in the 
upcoming 
issues. The 
plot in- 
volves this 
school bul- 
ly that gets 
a small 
spacecraft 
lodged in 
his nose. 
It's a pretty 
silly affair, drawn in a simple, clean way. 
Glossy cover, self published, if you order 
it send postage too. (TT) 
Humble Comics / 2550 Shattuck Ave. 
#113 /Berkeley, C A 94704 

GOT THAT ? #6 / $1 ppd 

8 1/2x5 1/2 -copied -60 pgs 
Immaculately computer laid out zine by a 
freshman college kid in New York City. 
The zine is predominantly text and that is 
fine by me. Its obvious that Joe spent a lot 
of time on this issue however, the adven- 
tures he describes also make it obvious 
that he is new to New York and misses 
Hong Kong. Hopefully, the stories will live 
up to the effort put into this zine in upcom- 
ing issues. (SS) 



4FANZINE REVIEWS^ 




25 Union Square West #C2-8FB / New 
York, NY 10003 

GRINNER #3 / $2 ppd 

5 1/2x8 1/2 -copied- 24 pgs 
Lots of swearing and postcards and 
messy handwriting, stupid things par- 
ents say. Totally British sense of hu- 
mor. The best stuff bit was all the 
screwing around with Sned's name. I 
didn't really think this was that funny, 
but it's pretty creative. (JW) 
Jas Toomer / 75 Winsover Road / 
Spalding / Lines. PE1 1 1 EQ / England 

GULLIBLE #1 2 /$1 ppd 

8 1/2x5 1/2 -copied -44 pgs 
Now here's a good, solid, punk zine. 
Many people might belly-ache that a 
zine like this is typical or self obsessed, 
in that it contains a lot of your standard, 
" I went to these abandoned train tracks 
and got all introspective and shit", 
and, "Me and some friends went ring- 
ing doorbells and ran!" type of stuff. 
Sure, there's nothing incredibly ground- 
breaking here, but it's funny and inspir- 
ing in it's own cute and innocent way. 
Failed pranks, learning disabili- 
ties, tour tales, voting, stories 
about wandering around and 
going swimming, music and zine 
reviews. (TT) 

PO Box 4909 / Richmond, VA 
23220 

HAZLO TU MISMO #2 / $3 

ppd 

8 1/2x11 - printed - 16 pgs - 

Spanish 

A hardcore zine from Argentina, 

and from what I've heard they've 

got a pretty kickin he scene 

down there, too bad this zine's 

not written in English, so i could 

at least read about it. Interviews 

with Vieja Escuela, Dead Stool 

Pigeon, Hablan Por La Esplada, 

plus reviews and columns. (CB) 

CC213/SUC12(B)/CP1412 

BSAS / Argentina 

HELP, MY SNOWMAN'S BURN- 
ING #2 / $2 ppd 
8 1/2x5 1/2- copied - 32pgs 
This is not a very cohesive zine, which 
means that though there's a lot of 
variety, there's nothing to hold it to- 
gether, and that bothers me. An analy- 
sis of this summers Bay Area girl con- 
vention that I didn't think was critical 
enough, and another piece about living 
in Berkeley which starts off with some 
good criticisms of America but then 
starts talking about shows. A reprint 
from Wendy O Matik, a history of the 
swastika, a good but basic analysis of 
corporate advertising, an interesting 
criticism of direct action, book reviews, 



and a lot of other stuff. CJA) 

PO Box 1 4-562 / Kilbirnie, Welington / 

New Zealand 

HOOFSIP #36 / $2 ppd 

8 1/2x11 - copied- 26 pgs 
Hoofsip has always been a good read in 
my book. This issue is shorter than 
usual, but still pretty damn swell. Dan 
includes a hilarious interview with sex- 
ologist/ freak'/ crackpot Dr. Ducky 
Doolittle about her line of work.Also 
included is an interview with The Valen- 
tine Six- Rounding out this issue are the 
always disturbing cartoon page as well 
as some slagging record reviews. Fun- 
ny, and well worth recommending. (CW) 
PO Box 7636 / Bloomfield Hills, Ml 
48302-7636 

HOT ROD SUICIDE #1 / $2 ppd 

8 1/2x11 - copied - 40 pgs 
I am excited about this one because it 
encompasses true DIY style. It is en- 
tirely cut and paste, and neatly type- 
written. Interviews include Scott Beiben 
of Bloodlink Records, 500 $ Fine, and 
Avail. For a first issue, it has 
a lot of small minor adjust- 
ments needed, but as a 
whole this zine has a great 
future. Sincere writings, re- 
views and all that. No scan- 
ning, no computers, and no 
bullshit. I love it. (LU) 
Andrew Necci / PO Box 
4909/ Richmond, VA 23220 



from 



Three Friends, and some stories 
time spent there. (AM) 
Ivan / 29 Cloud Green / Cannon Park / 
Coventry CV4 7DL/ UK 



ICE 9 #5 / $? 

8 1/2x11 - newsprint- 40 
pgs 

Hey kids, just because a zine 
is on newsprint, and has a 
decent layout doesn't nec- 
essarily make it good. In fact, 
this one's kinda dumb. You 
know what really bugs me? 
When zine editors run an 
interview that was obviously 
done through the mail as if it 
wasn't. Why lie? Anyway, 
the low point here is an inane 
interview with Haulin' Ass 
(witty name, no?) in which 
probing questions like " How 
do you explain your great 
lesbian following?" are answered by 
insightful revelations such as "I'm look- 
ing forward to having my penis chromed. 
My quivering loins are dancing in a 
festive ring of fire. " Ugh. CJC) 
PO Box 6737 / Fullerton, CA 92834 

IN THE RYE #666 / $2 ppd 
5 1/2x81/2- copied - 24 pgs 
The cover boldly states that there are 
no US bands within. Instead, there are 
interviews with two Yugoslav bands, 
Hocu Necu and Six Pack, a Yugo zine, 



JANK #s 6 & 7 / one stamp each 
4 1/4x11 - copied - 4 pgs 
This is a monthly " newsletter" (?!) put out 
by Janelle Tales of Blarg and her friend, 
Jeff. #6 features an update on some less 
than friendly neighbor relations and free 
movie reviews. In #7, they rank places 
(with hobo "bundles, " aka handkerchiefs 
on a stick) they've crashed at from Chica- 
go to Oakland. Each issue seems to fea- 
ture a loser president whom everyone 
ignores, like William Taft (#6) and Ches- 
ter Arthur (#7). It's worth the price of 
admission just for the hilarious covers' 
(KW) 
PO Box 4047 / Berkeley, CA 94704 

JR. SKEPTIC FANZINE #3 / $2 ppd 

7 1/2 x 10 3/4 - newsprint - 32 pgs 

Columns, reviews, and interviews with 

Avail, GameFace, and the Swing Kidz 

make up this excellent zine. The columns 

are written with heart, the 

interviews are well done 

and you could tell they 

put thought into the 

amusing reviews (they 

describe Team Dresch 

as "Jewel on Valium."). 

A hell of a lot better than 

most of the shit I review. 

(LB) 

204-B Hillcrest Ave. / 
Collingswood, N J 08 1 08 

KEROSENE #5 / $6 

8 1/2x11- printed - 62 
pgs - French 
Extremely well-printed 
and well-laid out HC 
thingwith Dischord his- 
tory article, interviews 
with Bad Religion, Shag- 
gy Hound, Fake Hyppi, 
and Spicy Box from the 
lovely French town of 
Saumur, possibly the ug- 
liest town in the Western 
world including Van 
Nuys, California. Album 
& CD eviews, zine re- 
views, France concert listings of all inter- 
viewed bands. Nice. For$9 extra it comes 
with a compilation CD. (TD) 
BP 3701 / F-54097 Nancy / France 




LIFE IS SUFFERING #1 / $1 or 3 

stamps 

5 1/2x8 1/2 -copied -44 pgs 

The name says it all. Life hasn't been 

good to this guy — he's currently dealing 

with a heroin addiction after losing his 

good friend to an overdose. This zine is 

dedicated to his late friend and is full of 



Ifanzine Reviews I 

raw thoughts on his death and life. 

Sadness, anger, and a need to . 

heard fill this zine. (LB) 

PO Box 1 70 / White Plains, NY 

10603-0170 

LOOSE SCREWS #1 / $1 ppd 

5 1/2x8 1/2 -copied -24 pgs 
This zine can go either way: There's 
good articles and stories which are well 
written and then randomly throughout 
this zine, are pictures of semi-nude 
heavier women which are seemly point- 
less. The articles include the Zeros and 
the Real Kids, the Mutts show review 
and the Candy Snatchers review, and 
for some unknown reason numerous 
Damned lyrics. I wish there were more 
interesting things here to make it entic- 
ing... (JX) 

5400 Dalrymple St. / Virginia Beach, 
VA 23464 

LOOSE SCREWS #11/$? 
8 1/2x5 1/2 -copied -20 pgs 
I must admit that my eyes were almost 
bleeding after reading this one. Most of 
it is hand written and this handwriting is 
far too small to read comfortably. After 
straining myself to read this issue, I 
found a mail interview the NYC band 
Fur and quite a number of show re- 
views from the local Virginia Beach 
area. There was however one amusing 
story about scamming free soda out of 
a telemarketer, coincidentally this was 
also the only typed piece in the zine. 
(SS) 

5400 Dairymple / Virginia Beach, VA 
23464 



MATR PAPROKA #6-8 / $3 ppd 

8 x 6 - printed - 142 pgs - Polish 
This zrne is becoming better with each 
issue. It comes in a book form and has 
a hard hitting anarchistic style. There 
are articles on civil disobedience in 
England, the Internet, police abuse, 
plus an interview with the band Eva 
Braun. This issue also comes with a 
free seven inch EP. If you are interest- 
ed in Poland and punk you will not go 
wrong with this zine. (HH) 
Filip Majchrzakowski / PO Box 13/81- 
806 Sopot 6 / Poland 

MEDIA BLITZ #1 /$1 

5 1/2x7 1/4 -copied -20 pgs 
Very, very cut and paste - so much so 
thatthexeroxingonmycopywassooff 
center that I had to abandon several 
articles 'cause I got tired of guessing 
the missing words. What I could read 
was worth it though. A rant on living 
with a speech impediment, several de- 
fenses of skin heads, good music for 
bad times and a reprinted article on the 
Jonestown/CIA connection. A very 
good first issue. (TX) 



Neal / 63 Purdue Street / Staten Is- 
land, NY 10314 

MOTORCYCHO #9 / $1 ? ppd 

4 x 5 - copied - 1 7 pgs 

The 'zine of the month, as much as I 
have to play favorites. The new Motor- 
cycho contains more information and 
top notch 'zine' journalism in its 1 7 
reduced-type pages than the entire run 
of most, And get this, it's 'zine by, for 
and about punk 'bikers' and the people 
who love them. Interviews with the Go 
Nuts, "Build Your own Minibtke", mu- 
sic stuff, odd Motorcycle stories, and 
great, compressed graphics. Top draw- 
er. (JH) 

PO Box 1564 / Point Roberts, WA 
98281 

MY FATHER, THE RANCOR #3 / 

$1 ppd 

5 1/2x81/2- copied - 36 pgs 

This is a fairly innocuous read with a 
pro-skating slant that I find hard to 
connect with, but have'nothing against. 
Inside are "eh" interviews with Avail 
and Less Than Jake. I was hoping that 
the somewhat pointless interviews 
would be made up by great writing, but 
it was finished by typical stories and 
reviews. Like I said, there's nothing 
wrong with it, but there's not much 
going for it, either. (RD) 
Liam / 636 Coronet / Glenview, IL 
60025 

9 AND A HALF LEFT #3 / 750 ppd 

5 1/2x81/2- copied - 40 pgs 
Personal styled zine consisting of short 
two page pieces. Lots of rambling emo- 
tional stuff. There is a story on the loss 
of his dog, working at the local drug 
mart, and having a lousy roommate. It is 
worth the seventy five cents for those 
who are into this kind of writing, but is 
probably worth passing up for those 
who are not. (CW) 

Mike Rodemann / 201 1 Richland #1/ 
Lakewood, OH 44107 

NOISES FROM THE GARAGE #6 

/ $2 ppd 

8 1/2x11 - printed - 48 pgs 
Finally a zine that reflects my own highly 
developed musical tastes- garage 
bands, annoying surf instrumentals, and 
noisy guitar driven punk. This rules! 
Interviews with The Hate bombs, The 
Beautys, a former Dead Boy, Cheater 
Slicks, Guitar Wolf, Bantam Rooster, 
Los Straitjackets, The Weird Love 
Makers, Gotoheils, The Hentchmen, 
Dead Moon, Drag Strip, Zeke (my most 
recent musical purchase), 

RONNIE DAWSON, and The Loud- 
mouths. Whew. Plus a list of re-releas- 
es from Del-Fi records, which saves me 
the trouble of having to write down my 



Christmas list, as it's all printed here, 
(hint, hint). And of course the usual re- 
views and stuff. Get this now. (JW) 
Brian Marshall / 881 1 Rue Riviera #3A / 
Indianapolis, IN 46226 



JFANZINE REVIEWS^ 



NORTHBOUND 26 #1 / $3 ppd 

5 1/2x81/ 



2 - copied - 
48 pgs 
This is a nice 
little person- 
al zine done 
by the wom- 
an who does 
The Catbox 
Room com- 
ic books. 
She has just 
made a 
move from 
San Fran- 
cisco to Se- 
attleandthis 
zine is filled 
with her ex- 
periences 
with life, 
learning, 
and music. 
It's a real in- 
formal read 
which 
comes off 
much like a mini-story book (with nice 
pictures). (LB) 
PO Box 201 43 / Seattle, WA 981 02 

OTAKU#3/$1.50ppd 
5 1/2x4- copied - 72 pgs 
This thick little digest sized zine rocks tha 
house. Seriously, this is a nice, honest, 
mainly autobiographical zine that relies 
more on the well written stories and cre- 
ative wording and layout, (not to mention 
Jeff's really cute handwriting) than any 
band interviews or political ramblings. It 
seems like he could write about anything 
and make it seem interesting, which I 
guess is what he does. Spring, riding the 
bus, going to shows, kicking it in the park, 
wandering around and a nice rigatoni rec- 
ipe round it all out. (TT) 
Jeff Otaku / 1 1 4 Canter Blvd. / Nepean, 
ON / K2G 2M7 / Canada 

PANOPHOBIA #5 / $3 

5 1/2 x 5 3/4 x 1/2 -copied- 152 pgs 
Pick of the month! This is all about fears 
and phobias. This zine is so thick, 
I mentioned it's third dimension above. 
This zine is so thick, the editor added a flip 
book along the bottom margin. This zine 
is so thick, yet all the band interviews are 
only two to three pages each. And what 
interviews! I don't care about bis's mas- 
sive tour schedule, Cold Cold Hearts's 
latest recordings, or Calvin Johnson's 
new projects. What I wanna know (and all 



I find out ) is what terrifies them. There 
are lots of reader phobias too, some of 
which surprised me. One third of this 
issue is a bonus comics insert. Recom- 
mended. (TX) 

Jen Wolfe / PO Box 63058 / St Louis, 
MO 63163 

WORE SloP r>« *R l^mtJ! 




PANTS THAT 
DON'T FIT 

#10 / $1 ppd 

5 1/2x8 1/2 - 
copied - 40 pgs 
I'd have to basi- 
cally say this is a 
riot grrl fanzine, 
except that the 
writer is a gay 
boy. It's not only 
the issues that 
make it grrl, but 
the fact that it 
looks like a Kill 
Rock Stars 
graphics course. 
I don't mean any 
of that to sound 
derogatory, be- 
cause I like all 
that stuff. This is 
all personal writ- 
ing about being 
gay, gender is- 
sues, self-de- 
fense etc. I like the topics, I thought the 
writing was good. The main part of this 
zine is a piece about a person in the 
scene who beat up his ex girlfriend four 
years ago. A variety of sides are repre- 
sented. My initial reaction was that the 
author was using the guise of "opening 
a dialogue" to publicly attack this guy, 
but now I don't know how I feel. With- 
out question this is a very important 
issue that has never really been dealt 
with in the punk community, and com- 
pletely undermines any attempt we may 
make at social justice. There's a lot 
more to say, but not in a zine review. 
Whatever the author's motivation, the 
article made me think about this a lot, 
and have several discussions with oth- 
er people, so that's pretty good. (GF) 
PO Box720716/SanJose,CA95172 

PEARSHAPED#2/$1? 

8 1/2x5 1/2 -copied -36 
A zine focusing on women's body im- 
age. It reads like a dissertation, be- 
cause it is. Also bits on Frida Kahlo, 
rape culture, some zine and music re- 
views. (MD) 

Mia Ellis / 645 62nd St. / Oakland, CA 
94609 

PEPPERPOT #3 / $2 ppd 

5 1/2x8 1/2 -copied -40 pgs 

I like this zine because it's personal, fun 

and has lots of different elements. Rec- 



ipes for vegan fried food! Trainhopping! 
Led Zeppelin! Herbal remedies! Plus 
some feminist and personal bits to hold 
it all together. Well written. This zine 
holds promise. (MD) 
Kate / RR6 - S1 5 - C20 / Gibsons, BC 
/Canada VON 1V0 

PLASTIC BOMB #20 / $5 ppd 

11 1/2x8- print - 1 32 pgs ■ German 
Nothing better to say than this is an 
excellent issue of PB. It is loaded with 
good articles, interviews, graphics and 
ads. Plus there are plen- 
ty of reviews. Some of 
the topics covered are 
Crass, Swedish punk, 
the anti-fascist move- 
ment and a rare inter- 
view with the Neurotic 
Arseholes, one of Ger- 
many's best punk bands 
of all times. Finally the 
whole package comes 
with a free twelve band 
CD reviewed here in 
MRR (HH) 

Forst Str. 71 / 47055 
Duisburg / Germany 

PUNK ROCK '76 - 

'82 #1?/ $3 ppd 

8 1/2x11 - copied - 28 

pgs 

Not really a 'zine in the 
classical sense, more like 
a scrapbook. Consisting of xeroxed 
reviews, interviews and photos from 
the English music press, it features "at 
home" looks at the Damned, the Pis- 
tols, Clash, and all the other icons you 
either love or loathe. Nice stuff if you're 
into that era, and it would probably 
make good toilet reading. (JH) 
PO Box 1 5 / Pentre, Rhondda / Mid 
Glam/CF41 7YG / UK 

RATS IN THE HALLWAY #6 / $1 

ppd 

8 1/2x11- newsprint - 40 pgs 
A really cool punk zine that's well put 
together, with a lot of interviews. Bands 
featured are: Bouncing Souls, The 
Broadways, Goober Patrol, Ferd Mert, 
Petrol Apathy, and the Mailorder Chil- 
dren. What really makes this zine com- 
plete is its columns, reviews, cartoons, 
and show dates. The oly complaint I 
have is the totally poorly written article 
on straightedge, which made me some- 
what ill after reading it. Besides that, 
this is a really well rounded zine and 
definitly worth checking out. (CB) 
5109 S Elk Ridge Rd / Evergreen, 
CO 80439 

RAW SEWAGE #1 / 3 stamps 

8 1/2x51/2 -copied - 16 pgs 

This is a pleasant little diversion, some- 



thing to read while you wait for your dinner 
in the all night diner. Contains an interview 
with El Duce, another with a "crack 
whore", a few pages of comics, a few 
pages on trashing a high school talent 
show and a couple more about satanism. 
Not great, but not half bad either. (JW) 
PO Box 221 / Delaware, NJ 07833 

READY ROCK # 1 / $2 ppd 

5 1/2x81/2- printed - 28 pgs 
Comicbook, Eightball-influenced. "Mi- 
graine Boy," "The Mosquito," "Oh Sweet 
Trash," more se- 
quentially illustrat- 
ed narratives of 
pain, remorse, 
transfiguration, all 
by a talented 
young artist whose 
future probably is 
bright. (TD) 
Neil Schmidt/ 294 
FinleyRd/ Bridge- 
ton, NJ 08302 

SAVAGE 

STATE #5/6/ $3 
ppd 

8 1/2x5 1/2 - 
newsprint - 64 pgs 
This is a self-pro- 
claimed Anarchist 
punk zine out of 
New Zealand that 
shares a lot of sim- 
ilarities with Profane Existence. It covers 
the local Aotearoa scene as well as the 
larger animal rights and anarcho politics 
of the world. Admirably, it doesn't just 
tow the standard anarcho-punk line since 
it includes articles critical of the A.L.F. 
and supporting armed struggle. Recom- 
mended for .those of the Profane Exist- 
ence persuasion. (SS) 
PO Box 6387 / Te Aro, Wellington / New 
Zealand 

SCENA #97 - 98 / $3 ppd 
8x4- printed - 1 1 pgs - Czech 
This booklet is a resource guide of ad- 
dresses for galleries, band venues, clubs, 
festivals and theaters of mostly the Czech 
Republic and surrounding European coun- 
tries, but also includes some international 
contacts. Probably a great resource if you 
are planning a trip to Eastern Europe. This 
guide is not limited to just the punk scene, 
but covers lots of the alternative scene in 
general. (HH) 

Peter Bergmann / Korenskeho 1 3 / Pra- 
gue 5 / 15000 Czech Republic 

SHAT UPON #4 / $2 + stamps 
8 1/2x11 - newsprint - 64 pgs 
On first glance I saw nothing but ads and 
annoyingly large type face. Upon second 
glance I see enough for one or two trips to 
the toilet; swashbuckling (you know, kind 



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of like a cross between being a pirate 
and picking up chicks), Scandinavian 
phrases, and vapidity abound. (AR) 
Smetanka PO Box 9081 / Missoula 
MT 59802 

6 VOLT #3/ $1 ppd 

5 1/2x81/2 - copied - 56 pgs 
I really enjoyed this zine. It's a weird 
collaboration of writing, comics, ran- 
dom stories and jokes that was actually 
pretty interesting to read. Living in San 
Diego, drinking, sex, giving people bad 
tattoos, sleeping with your ex's exes, 
Pearl Hart ( a stagecoach robber), sleep- 
ing with other people's boyfriends, hav- 
ing a show in your basement. ..it's all in 
here! And there's even more good 
stuff. (MD) 

PO Box 801 1 1 / Lincoln NE 68501 - 
0111 

SLAM#1 /$1 ppd 

5 1/2x81/2- printed - 28 pgs 
Well, in this zine's review section they 
give both Rancid and A.F.I, good re- 
views. Vouch! Strike one. One of the 
columnists talks about how "hardcore" 
is more than just music. Ugh! Strike 
two. The contents, aside from the two 
short columns, are exclusively record 
and zine reviews as well as band inter- 
views. Dios mio! We'll let that slide 
though. Ball one. The layout is good 
and the green cover is pretty snazzy. 
Just goes foul. Ball two. Hey, it's only 
a buck. Got a piece of that one but out 
of play. Ball three. Full' count. Stay 
tuned for issue two to see if these folks 
can pull it together and get on base. 
(RM) 

Islas Canarias 23 / 09006 Burgos / 
Spain 

SLINGSHOT #59 / $1 ppd 

1 8 x 1 2 - newsprint - 20 pgs 
Slingshot documents leftist/anti-au- 
thoritarian struggles. It is at it's best as 
it is local, telling of the success' and 
failures of Berkeley/Bay Area activ- 
ism. At it's worst it says things that 
have been said a million times about 
the same old crimes. In general it is a 
resource that serves those in the know 
and informs those who don't. (AR) 
3124 Shattuck Ave / Berkeley, CA 
94705 

SMELL OF DEAD FISH #48 $1 00 

+ stamps 

8 1/2x11 -copied- 30 pgs 
First I have to say that it would have 
been better to have someone else re- 
view this, as it is pretty much full of 
poetry, and in general I can't stand the 
stuff. However, some of the what's in 
here was actually kind of okay. I did 
enjoy reading the rather silly essay on 
straight edge, and the layout is refresh- 



ingly random, while still being fairly easy 
to read. Also I have say that I have a lot 
of respect for anyone who manages to 
keep their shit together long enough to 
put out 48 issues. Anyway if you're into 
poetry this is probably one you don't 
want to miss. (JW) 
PO Box 484 / Pensacola, FL 32593 

SOAP AND SPIKES #3 / $1 ppd 

8 1/2x11 - copied - 36 pgs 
Studded leather jackets on, and let's 
go! One wildly enthusiastic pogo punk 
zine out of Canada. It's mainly just 
interviews, with a local scene report 
and a few reviews tucked in at the end. 
For all that though, the interviews are 
well worth reading! GBH, Peter And 
The Test Tube Babies, and the Forgot- 
ten Rebels all grace the pages this time 
around. My only complaints are that I 
would've liked to have heard more from 
Dick the editor, and why type in ALL 
CAPS all the time, eh? (AM) 
43 1 Burlington Ave #2 / Burlington, ON 
/L7S 1R3/ Canada 

SPAGHETTI DINNER AND 
DANCING#10/$1 ppd 

8 1/2x51/2 -copied- 28 pgs 
A punk-minded fanzine from buttfuck 
Montana, 90% of the zine is the writer's 
personal writings, mostly about the great 
outdoors, hikes, and his first protest 
against the logging industry. He also 
lists some interesting facts, plus in the 
back he lists serious threats that face 
our wilderness, which is followed by a 
contact list of organization if you want 
to get involved. Also a short interview 
with Jess S of the Automatics and 
some reviews. (CB) 
PO Box 2536 / Missoula, MT 59806 

STAY WILD #10/ $4 ppd 
11 172 x 8 - print - 80 pgs - German 
This issue has interviews with Coffein 
Bomb, The Smugglers, and Antiseen. 
There is also a report on the Stay Wild 
festival held earlier this year in Berlin. 
Finally there are the usual assortment 
of reviews and ads. This zine just proves 
German punk is alive and well. (HH) 
Carsten Irlander / Vorwarts Str. 10 / 
44139 Dortmund / Germany 

STILL WANNA DIE! #3 / $1 ppd 

5 1/2x8 1/2 -copied- 18 pgs 
Here you go, proof that there are social- 
ly redeeming uses for photocopiers 
and white-out. An interview with the 
almighty Nashville Pussy, clip art from 
the old New Wave Rock magazine in- 
volving the Dead Boys, and much more 
crabby invicitve about how the scene's 
gone to hell. I'm all for it. (JH) 
PO Box3383 / Minneapolis, MN 55403 

STORM WARNING #35 / $2 ppd 



8 1/2x11 - newsprint - 1 6 pgs 
This is the road less traveled. WAW Al 
(Vietnam Veterans Against the War Anti 
Imperialist) puts this out for an audience I 
cannot visualize for the life of me. In- 
formed articles on the Militarization of the 
Border(anti), atrocities committed by U.N. 
troops in Somalia, an interview with a Vet 
with Gulf War Syndrome, and other top- 
ics with a generally leftist bent. Interest- 
ing? CAR) 
PO Box 951 72 / Seattle WA 951 72 

SUNBURN #6 $3 ppd 

8 1/2x11 - printed - 32 pgs 

This is a cool comic zine out of Canada. 

With sixteen different artists contributing 

there's lots of variety to be found in both 

the drawing styles and storylines. The 

contents of the short stories, most of 

which are one page, range from very 

serious to silly and lighthearted. A top 

notch effort that is well worth checking 

out. (RM) 

PO Box 2061 / Winnipeg, MB / Canada 

TEXAS #2 / $1 ppd 

6x8 1/4- copied - 60 pgs 
Obsessed 
with the 
state of 
Texas, 
bouncing 
from one 
girl to the 
next, but 
never satis- 
fied, editor 
Alan re- 
veals a little 
piece of life 
through this 
personal 
zine. He 
talks about 
his cat, go- 
ing to see 
the De- 
scendents, 
but we nev- 
er actually 
hear about 
his trip to 
Texas! 
Hands 
down, the 
gem to this 

zine is the satirical Peanuts comics where 
the kids toy with homosexuality, feelings 
of depression, and Charlie Brown winds 
up killing himself. Yikes. Everything else 
just seemed like filler. It also comes with 
#2 1/2, a mini that traces different ways 
a person can die in Texas, matched with 
the city, starred on the map. A fraction of 
the size of #2, but so much more interest- 
ing. (KW) 

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THE MULTIPLIER #3 / $3 ppd 

4 1/4x11- copied - 46 pgs 

Cool bicycle-power zine from Minne- 
apolis. Mostly bike messenger orient- 
ed, it's a mix of fact and fiction. Stories 
about Critical Mass, working as a mes- 
senger, scary head injuries, bike poli- 
tics. Smart and together. Good for 
those of us who enjoy the 2 wheeled 
mode of transportation. (MJ) 
POBox2275/ Minneapolis, MN 55402 

THE RAIN THAT FELL LAST 
NIGHT MADE ME FALL IN LOVE 

WITH YOU #12/ $2 ppd 

5 3/4x8 1 12 - copied - 68 pgs 
Nice, pretty cover. This issue opens 
with the long story of the editor's trip to 
the Headwaters forest rally this past 
September. It's interesting as a travel 
story as well as a call for action. There 
are also some tips on civil disobedi- 
ence, an anti-heroin rant, stuff on Santa 
Rosa and the Independent Arts Collec- 
tive (allegedly ripped off by their junkie 
treasurer for$3,000) f a pro-biking piece, 
and going to jail for a week. A personal 
zine emphasizing the personal = politi- 
cal stuff. I liked it 
all right. No ads. 
(JM) 

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Santa Rosa, CA 
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THE TROU- 
BLE WITH 
NORMAL #30 

/$1 

5 1/2x8 1/2 - 
copied - 48 pgs 
This is the fifth 
anniversary is- 
sue and con- 
sists mostly of 
short show re- 
views. The edi- 
tor covers a 
wide range of 
music, from Ice- 
burn to local 
country acts to 
hip hop. Since 
he likes every 
show he sees, 
and has the curi- 
ous habit of 
thanking the bands, club and audience 
at the end of every review, this comes 
across as one big advertisement for 
local music venues. Just when I'm won- 
dering why this was sent to MRR, I 
came across a long interview with Be- 
head the Prophet NLSL and a piece on 
Parental Advisory labels on cds. Huh.... 
(TX) 

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THE WAY WE WERE 
A LOOK BACK AT 3RD GENER- 
ATION NATION #9 / $10 ppd 

11 1/2x8- print - 60 pgs - German 
This zine is my pick of the month al- 
though I find the price a bit steep. There 
are interviews with Joan Jett, The Clit 
Boys, plus a brief history of early Swiss 
punk. There are the usual other things 
including reviews, news and columns. 
Both the cover of the Clit Boys and the 
back cover of Joan Jett rule! (HH) 
Ralf Hunebeck / Muhlenfefd 59 / 45472 
Mulheim / Germany 

TOXIC FLYER FANZINE #24 / $3 

ppd 

8 1/2x11 - offset - 40 pgs 
I don't know if it's an appropriate title, 
but what the hell. Mostly consisting of 
band photos, some of them dating back 
a ways (A.O.D., Verbal Abuse, Reagan 
Youth) and the requisite band inter- 
views and reviews. I've been handling 
the newsprint pages for ten minutes 
and the ink hasn't stained my hands - 
too bad you can't say the same with the 
'zine you're reading. (JH) 
PO Box 391 58 / Baltimore, MD 21 21 2 

UNDERDOG ZINE #21 / $1 ppd 

8 1/2x11- newsprint - 56 pgs 
Unfortunately U-Dog has quit doing 
records, and will only be doing the zine 
from now on, which sucks because the 
"Achtung! Chicago" series was awe- 
some. Anyway, at least the zine is great. 
I can't believe this is the first time I've 
seen it. There's news on Chicago based 
bands, labels and zines, as well as lots 
of mail, columns, movie reviews (no 
record reviews), an article on the Year 
2,000 problem and more. It's only a 
buck (free if you're on their mailing list). 
You should pick it up. (JO 
2206 N Rockwell St. / Chicago, 1L 
60647-3004 

UNDER THE VOLCANO #39 / $5 

PP d 

8 1/2x11 - printed - 54 pgs. 

This issue comes with a CD comp by 

Motherbox Records. This issue has 

interviews with Electric Frankenstein, 

Bob Becker from Fearless Records, 

The Makers, and Squatweiler. Clean 

layout with interesting columns, and a 

cool write up on the Long Island music 

scene. The article on the Ozz fest is 

pretty cool too. (CB) 

PO Box 236 / Nesconset, NY 1 1 767 

VIEW #4 / $1 ppd 

8 1/2x11 - copied - 26 pgs 

I liked this zine a lot. It has a laid back, 

honest feel to it and is fun to read. Just 

simple and humorous without being 

silly. A little too much on the interview 

side, but well done with bands such as 



Telegraph, Social Scare, the Thuggs, 
Mealticket, Slo-poke and Fudgegun. 
There's also some pictures of some good 
pieces, and of course record reviews. So 
get this one, you'll like it. (JX) 
PO Box 530722 / Livonia, Ml 48153 

WANTED #11 /$2ppd 

8 x 6 - copied - 32 pgs - French 

This small zine is loaded with record and 

zine reviews. There are also interviews 

with the bands P4 and Annoyed. Great 

cartoon cover of punks noting! (HH) 

Yann Verdalle / 2 Les Hauts de Beychac 

/ 33750 Beychac Et Caillau / France 

WE AIN'T GOT NO CAR! #5 / $3 ppd 

7 x 7 - copied - 76 pgs 
Really great layout without the slick desk- 
top-published look. The writing is person- 
al stories about travel, punk, shows, love, 
and bitterness. Lots of underlying bitter- 
ness. All I have to say is that if you like the 
Promise Ring and similar type of bands, 
you'll like this zine. Thankfully, no inter- 
views or reviews. (J A) 
PO Box 49657 / Atlanta, GA 30359 

YOUR FUTURE #3 / $1 ppd 

5 1/2x81/2- copied - 32 pgs 
Page after page of handwritten rants about 
punk life in Roanoke, Virginia. Our editor 
seems disenchanted with life there, not 
to mention the people. For kicks, he takes 
trips to nearby Richmond, and we get to 
hear about those adventures. There's 
also an interview with 
the band Kilara. If you 
like to absorb yourself 
in the mundane details 
of other people's ex- 
istences, then this one 
is for you! (AM) 
PO Box 21811 / 
Roanoke, VA 24018 

ZINE WORLD #4 / 

$3.50 ppd 

5 1/2x8 1/2 -printed 
- 60 pgs 

Yes! I was really into 
this. It's mostly zine 
reviews, not just a 
heap of listings; 360+. 
I thought they made 
good reading, and I 
wanted to start stuff- 
ing dollars into enve- 
lopes right away. Also you get a great 
cover, zine-related news blurbs, concise 
letters, and an anonymous-praise-and- 
shit-talking section. There are several 
ideas here I would love to steal for MRR. 
What I really liked about this is the expe- 
rienced yet still enthusiastic feel. Send 
them the money and your zine. (JM) 
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ATROPHY ZINE / #2 / 2 stamps 

This is largely a personal zine with 

record reviews, poetry, and a quiz 

page. 

PO Box C-1 1 / New Rochelle, NY 

10804 

GO METRIC #8 / a stamp 
Winona Ryder, Sea Monkeys, etc. 
Egghead / PO Box 250878 / New 
York, NY 10025 

IMEUS SUBJEX#10,#11 &#12/ 

1 stamp 

News covering the Cincinnati punk 

music scene. 

4056 Crosley Ave. / Norwood, OH 

45212 

SCHISM #10/ $1.75 ppd 
Decent zine with art funding arti- 
cles, good newspaper clippings, 
brief Groovie Ghoulies interview. 
928 W. Norton Ave. Suite #552 / 
Muskegon, Ml 49441 

SHORTS #1 /$3.50 
A pretty good comics anthology, 
but not really a "zine" because of 
the price. 

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SPANK #22 / $3 

Large zine with 
record and zine re- 
views. Interviews 
with Squatweiler, 
Mr. T Experience, 
and The Loud- 
mouths. 

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Interview with Lucid 
Nation, reviews, political rants, and 
more. 
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TEXAS#1/$2ppd/trades 

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pression, Costa Rica stories and 
history. And so forth. 
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Catch 22 isn't an exclusively mu- 
sic zine. Though Ryan sometimes covers 
music, or reviews, or individuals in- 
volved in music, Catch 22 mainly cov- 
ers scamming, adventure, and some 
politics. Zines don't HAVE to be about 
music, Catch 22 is a perfect example of 
this. Interview by Dave Finzimer. 
MRR: What are your opinions (good 
and/or bad) of the zine community, 
and how do you think Catch 22 fits 
into it? (If that's vague, then good. 
Talk about any aspects you want.) 

When I first started reading zines 
(Phrack, 2600, Bleached, Can Control, 
etc.) I enjoyed them most because they 
weren't music magazines. It's funny be- 
cause as I started a distro I found that 
most people automatically assume all 
zines ARE about music. Kids can just 
tell if they like a zine or not by simply 
looking at the cover to see what bands 
are on the inside. That right there is 
something that always turns me off. It's 
like some people could be into punk for 
50 years and still take only music to their 
grave. 

As far as Catch 22, I think there's 
plenty of room for variety. I mean, al- 
most all zines relate to punk, because 
both communities are underground. I 
have almost no music in my zine, yet T 
can easily say at least 95% of my readers 
are punk/hardcore kids. It works out 
well because I know that kids do more 
than just go to shows, buy records, and 
read music zines. They climb I buildings, 
shoplift, commit credit fraud, and steal 
from work too. 

MRR: I'm glad you said that, because 
that's why I think zines are so impor- 
tant. They have the capacity to bring 
so much more than music to our com- 
munity. Is Catch 22 going to stay with 
scamming and the like, or do you see 
yourself experimenting with any oth- 
er areas? 

For the most part I'm going to stay 
with scams and adventure and things 
like that. In issue 7 (out around early 
1998) and other consecutive issues there 
will be some other new things as well. 
The new stuff will be maybe a few inter- 
views with different people who have 
information to offer, a few select music 
and zine reviews, and just some miscel- 
laneous columns on things. It will still 
have the big political overtone to it, but 
I plan on doing it in a more conservative 
way in hopes of not turning people off to 
politics within the punk scene. It will be 
the same old stuff, but I would like to do 
it in a way that includes the whole idea of 
revolution behind it. Sometimes I feel 
readers don't get that part of it. . . I want 
to make it clear why I think it's cool to 
smash Walmart, but not the local corner 
store. 

MRR: Catch 22 has some visible Lib- 
ertarian input. Libertarians like to 
talk about protecting and respecting 
property. How do you feel about the 
term property and how does that con- 
flict, if at all, with your interest in 
scams, another thing Catch 22 is full 
of? 

I'm glad you asked this. Libertari- 
ans do pride themselves on protecting 
the individual property of others. Their 




platform revolves around specific ideas 
such as eliminating the Federal Income 
Tax, repealing all drug 
laws, forgetting Emi- 
nent Domain, and 
countless others. Oh, 
and people will not be 
reprimanded when 
wishing to post anti- 
military flyers on pub- 
lic property. I've re- 
cently received three 
summary offenses to 
appear in criminal 
court this summer. To 
me, Catch 22 is about 
stealing from huge ex- 
ploitational systems 
and corporations that 
constantly take ad- 
vantage of us cattle. 
At first glance, I agree 
the two don't go hand 
in hand. Just keep in 
mind, I would never 
advocate stealing 
from a privately 
owned corner store or 
tag somebody's house 
or something. 
MRR: I know you 
personally and I 
know that you are 
involved in an area of hardcore that 
often gets tagged with words like, "vio- 
lent", * macho", "hard", etc. Do you think 
violence, and the promotion 
of macho attitudes, is a prob- 
lem today within hardcore/ 
punk, and do you ever feel 
that Catch 22 will address 
this? 

I agree that many New 
York style hardcore bands ad- 
vocate violence. As far as it 
being a problem, well I don't 
know. .. If kids want to fight, let 
them fight each other. Just like 
all the drunk punks I see at 
their shows. Is that problem? 
Am I in a position to tell them 
their drinking is a problem with- 
in punk? Even though we're all 
in this together, it is still their 
individual element, right? I 
mean., if people want to drink, 
fight, or whatever, then they should be able 
to do their thing. Everyone knows that 
violence has the potential to ruin a situa- 
tion. Especially when it's at a club or some- 
thing where there are bouncers and pro- 
moters and shit to worry about. You know, 
the show might get canceled, the promoter 
could get in trouble. Not that I have ever 
understood why people so easily support 
shows at clubs and bars. 

It's obvious nobody is going to take a 
bunch of kids seriously when they try and 
tell people they have a legitimate cause to | 
start a revolution, . - ,,_ crir r rC v--T. 
yet they can't even l^ixc, C.r* r KLKJ> I 
get along at a 
show. However, I 
don't take shit 
from people ei- 
ther. For instance, 
there's this kid 
named Finn from 
Seattle that re- 



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cently moved to this town about an hour 
from Erie, it's really close to Cleveland. 
He does a zine called 
INSIDE OUT. He's 
been spreading cra- 
zy lies about myself 
and quite a few oth- 
er people up in the 
whole tri-state 
area. He said I raped 
a girl, this girl clearly 
old me he was just 
saying this because 
he was jealous. I 
mean, I can ignore 
some little kid with a 
big mouth who talks 
shit, but to throw 
around allegations 
like that... Maybe he 
doesn't realize that 
sort of stuff isn't tol- 
erated out here... 
He's not allowed to 
attend any more 
shows in Erie, Cleve- 
land, Buffalo, or 
Pittsburgh. I was just 
in Cleveland last 
night and he was too 
scared to come to the 
show and say things 
to my face. Nobody 
in Cleveland or Seattle will grab his 
back. Nobody likes him. I called him the 
night before, but he hung up on me. That 
girl was there too and she is 
so sick of being involved, but 
she cleared my name in front 
of all these people. Kids like 
him are only kidding them- 
selves if they aren't expect- 
ing to Catch a beat down. 
This isn't something you can 
just brush aside. 

So yeah, I think vio- 
lence is a problem in hard- 
core/punk, and everywhere 
else.. But really it comes 
down to a case by case thing. 
Punk/Hardcore is such a 
small community at times, 
yet there is so many differ- 
ent types of people. It's like, 
kids from the street and kids 
from the country. There's just 
a world of difference. Like what would 
you do if somebody owed your zine 
money since you started it (3 years) and 
they still keep skipping out on you. Then 
they drop out of hardcore so you can't 
really just drag their name through the 
dirt because that won't bother them. 
But you see them everyday. It's your 
money, I say take it. Just grab their 
wallet. All through life I've taken risks 
and stood up for myself. I would always 
get spit on, but I've learned to spit back. 
All issues are $1 postage-paid 

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Late 1975, the Sex Pistols played a show 
at Ravensbourne Art College outside of London. 
It did not take the Pistols long to clear the room 
with their musical talents The Pistols show left 
the audience without effect save a few curious 
kids who were totally in- triguedby 

what they had just wit- 
nessed. These kids all 
went to Art College in 
Bromley, and were 
soon to become fix- 
tures at Pistols shows. 
Besides sharing the 
Pistols, the group 
would all shop at 
Malcolm McLarens 
shop and dress and 
act outrageous. The 
term punk" was not 
yet the universal 
term it is today, 
but this group was 
personifying the 
term and 

lifestyle the 
group became 
known as the 
"Bromley Contin- 

gent" and can 
e seen in a lot 
of early Pistols 
photos. The 
Bromley Con- 
tingentplayed 
host for several 
great personalities who would 
fater go on to their own projects. Included 
in the Contingent were Simon Beverly (Sid Vi- 
cious), Billy Broad (Billy Idol), Steve Severin (Steve 
Havok), Sue Lucas (Sue Cat Woman), and Sue Dallion 
(Suzy Sue, Siouxsie Sue). 

Inspired by the Pistols and swept up in 
the "I can do this too" movement Siouxsie Sue 
and Steve Havok approached Malcolm to secure 
a gig with the Pistols at the 100 club s punk fes- 
tivafin September 1976 (one month later). At 



this point they did not have a band nor could 
they play This did not seem to hinder Siouxsie 
nor Steve they were ready to play the show!! 
Malcolm agreed, and asked for tne name of the 
band, but of course they did not have one yet 
A few days later, Siouxsie and Steve watched 
the Vincent Price movie Cry of the Banshee on 
the television, afterwards they let 
Malcolm know the name of 
the band was 
Siouxsie and 
the Ban- 
shees. With 
the name and 
gig secured, 
all was left to 
do was put to- 
gether a band. 
Good friend Billy 
Idol was called 
on to play guitar 
Billy was a de- 
cent guitar 
player and the 
only one who could 
play at all. Billy 
would in turn teach 
Steve how to play 
bass, and Siouxsie 
would sing. Two 
weeks later Billy quit 
the band because 
he had just joined a 
band called Chelsea 
and they did not want 
him to be in two 
bands. This left the 
Ban- shees without a guitar 

player and they still did not have a 

drummer and the show was only a few days away. 
When Billy joined Chelsea. Marco Pirroni recip- 
rocated by leaving Chelsea and joining the Ban- 
shees. The Banshees approached Malcolm about 
not having a drummer, and Malcolm suggested 
Sid Vicious, who was working casually wording with 
Flowers Of Romance. Sid joined on the condition 




that he would not play cymbals nor would he sing. 
Finally a complete band, the Banshees utilize the 
Clash s practice space in Camden to get ready 
for the show a few of days away. 

September 20 and 21 brought was the 
now notorious Punk Festival at the 100 Club. This 
time not only was the Bromley contingent in the 
audience, they were performing on stage as 
well Siouxsie was in all her glory, complete with 
her make up, red streaked hair, rubber and 
mesh stockings, no bra, and shock value swas- 
tika arm band that she has become known for. 
All proposed songs that they were to play were 
replaced with noise; unable to play songs they 
just created a din they would fill the air Their 
banging and screaming and squelching was 
described as unbearable and pure noise". 
Siouxsie later stated that the show was a mis- 
take, but they were going to play until they got 
kicked off However, they got bored and stopped 
playing before that happened 
bespite their 
playing abili- 
ties and the 
lack thereof, 
the Banshees 
exuded an at- 
traction that 
was hard to re- 
sist. Siouxsie 
and Steve 

stayed to- 
gether but re- 
placed Sid and 
Marco with Kenny 
Morris on drums 
and P T Fenton on 
guitar. Five 

months after the 
100 Club show, the 
Banshees played a 
show with the 
Hearbreakers This 
time they were 
able to fill their 
twenty minute set 
with songs. The Ban- 
shees sound was 
becoming quite de- 
fined and their ap- 
peal was growing 

quickly. The Banshees secured management 
by Nils. Nils arranged a deal with Track Records 
(who also recorded "LAMP." by the Heartbreak- 
ers), for the Banshees to go in to the studio 
and record six songs. For one reason or an- 
other, during the frenzy of signing punk bands, 
the Banshees had not yet released a record 
Siouxsie was afraid that the record companies 
would have too much control, and was not going 
to jeopardize the Banshee s sound. In the middle 
of 1977, the Banshees changes personal once 
again. John McKay, who was a fan of the group, 
joined to play guitar replacing Fenton. The Ban- 
shees following grew rapidly, and their live shows 



were amongst the biggest draws. However, they 
were still being overlooked by record compa- 
nies, who were signing punk bands left and right 
Siouxsie and the Banshees became the hottest 
unsigned band 

In February 1977, John Peel invited the 
band to record, this is where they recorded 
their version of the Beatles Helter Skelter". Still 
no record deal is offered The Banshees show 
attract a lot more people than a lot of other 
bands that are signed, lout still no deal. Finally, 
in June 1978, Polydor Records offers Siouxsiee 
and the Banshees a record deal, leaving the 
band in total control of music and artworlc Au- 

gust 18, 1978 Polydor release the Banshees de- 
ut single, Hong Kong Garden", which reaches 
number seven on the UK charts. The Banshees 
start touring the UK while their popularity 
continues ' to grow. On tour 

Trouble finds 
the Ban- 
shees. The 
guitar 
player and 
drummer 
drop out of 
sight and 
missed 
shows. 
Later it 
turns out 
that they 
were 
more in- 
terested 
in play- 
ing on 
the Slits 
album 
than 
they 
were in 
their 
own 
band. 
As the 
Ban- 
shees 
release their new LP, 
Join Hands", they go their separate 
ways. Ironically, the Banshees pick up Budgie 
(from the Slits) to play drums, and Robert Smith 
from the Cure to play guitar 

I find it unfortunate that it took Siouxsiee 
and the Banshees almost two years before they 
recorded their first LP. I believe earlier 
records would have been a lot better than later 
ones. By the time they recorded, personnel had 
changed and the early spirit of the band was 
lost. There are still several good recordings 
and videos out there, but for the most part the 
new waved Siouxsiee is what we are left with. 
Siouxsiee epitomized the female punk rock look, 
and had been a great influence on many great 
bands. 




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[Baytown, Texas 77522-0474. 



VIDEOS - PAL (UK ETC) & NTSC (USA 
etc), trade/sale. Thousands of shows/pro- 
mos/tv clips. Stuff like Propagandhi, 
Business, Screeching Weasel, Zounds, 
Exploited, Poison Idea, DK's, Blitz, 
Queers, Conflict, Schwartzeneggar, GG, 
Dickies, Descendents, Operation Ivy, 
Guns n Wankers, Misfits, Subhumans, 
Snuff, Gin Goblins. SAE (UK), 2IRC's 
(overseas) or decent trade list: Dave, 50a 
Great King St., Edinburgh, Scotland. E- 
mail: gingoblin® easynet .co.uk 



FOR TRADE.. .STALIN - Dendoukokeshi 
flexi; Stalin - Stalinism 7 "ep; Comes - No 
Side lp; Lip Cream - Lonely Rock 7"ep; 
Lip Cream- Night Rider more than Fight" 
7"ep; Confuse - Flexi 7"ep; Shuffle - flexi 
7"ep; V.A. - Oi! of Japan lp (original); 
V.A. - Japanese Movement 12 "ep; Gism, 
Gauze, Zouo, Cobra, Gai, Kuro and many 
more Japanese stuff!! Please send me 
your want/trade/sale list and offer! I 
Want to trade with you. I want to buy 
your sale stuff. I'm looking for rare world 
punk/hc (77-84). Write to: Yoshiaki Na- 
gano/ 3-29-5 - 103, Daita/ Setagaya-Ku, 
Tokyo 155, Japan 



WANTED!! Xtraverts-Blank Genera- 
tion, Mad-Eyeball, Fun 4 7", Nasty 
Facts 7", Rowdies 7", Xpress 7", Fun 
things 7 " , Absenteese 7 " , Razar 7 " , Jer- 
mz 7", Regal Zone 7", Stever Sharp & 
T.C.C 7", Fast Cars 7", etc. Please send 
me your list!!! Satoshi Sasaki, 7-22-3 
Gumizawa, Totsuka-ku, Yokohama- 
shi, Kanagawa, 245, Japan. 



|THE PISS SHIVERS, those beer loving 
; 'Rock Gods", have a new CD entitled 
I "Hepped up on Goofballs". Anti-com- 
Imercial, DIY punk for a mere $3 ppd. 
■Payable to: Cedric Crouch, 46 Ober- 
Iholtzer Rd., Bechtels-ville, PA 19505. 
■Distros, we will also trade. 



PUNK RECORDS SET SALE, 1000 + items, 
'77-'85, european, american, Japanese 7"s 
and Ips: Oi, anarcho, hardcore, killed by 
deasth stuff, ...The Kids, Bellevue, Cha- 
nisaw, Big Boys, Stalin, Chaos UK, Vopo's, 
Bastards, Definitivos, B.G.K., Starshooter, 
Cinecyde, Satans Rats, GG Allin, Ignerents, 
Neon Hearts, Crass, Notsensibles, 
Vultures,... for list: send 2 $ or 2 IRC's: N. 
Verbanck, B.P. 13, 66320, Marquixanes, 
France. 



GG ALLIN: Largest catalog in the world. 
Get the real deal. Don't settle for shit qual- 
ity and long waiting. Included are videos 
from 1981-1993, best copies anywhere and 
many masters. GG CDs, cassettes, rare sin- 
gles," GG Doll, headstone poster, many dif- 
ferent t-shirts, prints from original artwork 
and new Murder Junkies releases and more. 
Fastest service for years. Call if you have 
anv questions. Write Merle Allin/ 214 E. 
24th St. #5B/ NY, NY 10010. Call (212) 889- 
8334. $1 for large GG catalog. 



VIDEOS: over 1000 shows. Murder Junk- 
ies, Dwarves, Fear, Antiseen, Screeching 
Weasel, Queers, Rancid, Op Ivy, Germs, 
Pennywise, Trashwomen, Bad Religion 96, 
Conflict, Monster Magnet, NoFX, Beasties, 
Mummies,. Misfits, Lunachicks, Insaints, 
Pistols, Buttholes, Primus, Dead Boys, DKs, 
Ramones 96, Rollins, Circle Jerks, Dickies, 
Social D., Exploited, 7 Year Bitch and 
many, many more. Write Merle Allin/ 214 
E. 24th St. #5B/ NY, NY 10010. Call (212) 
889-8334. $1 for 40 pg catatlog. 



WORLDWIDE PUNKROCK for sale 2000 
items 77127Albums. I've got megarare 
stuff as well as usual stuff. Also got indie/ 
mod/powerpop records. The list is full of 
Killed by Death, Back to Front, Bloodstains 
stuff like: Anarchy, Briard, Shit Dogs, Rat- 
tus, Eat, Bastards, Victims, Razar, Gluea- 
ms, Fresh Color, Nabat, Kriminella Gitar- 
rer, Paraf, Stalin, Friction, Liket Lever, 
Chain Gang + much more. Trades welcome! 
Send 3 IRC's or $ 2 for complete list to Ingo 
Eitelbach, P.O. Box 1319, 23833 Bad Old- 
esloe, Germany, Fax +49 4531 67733 (Tel 
67438), Email 101603.2202® CompuServe. 
com, http : //ourworld. CompuServe, com/ 
homepages/IngoE 



HELLO I'M LOOKING FOR- RKL Keep 
Laughing", FUs "Revenge, "Cleanse the 
Bac", orange vinyl w/ bonus 12", "Boston 
not LA" comp, Death Sentence "Not a Pret- 
ty Sight", "Why Are We Here" comp., Ac- 
cused "Maddest Stories", Misfits "3 Hits" 
orig or send lists to Chris Erickson, 2919 
Ottawa Ave., St. Louis Park, MN 55416, 
USA (612) 929-3622. 



GOOD FAT 80's style punk/SF 
hardcore: "Strike Three", five songs - three 
bucks - worldwide. Send $$ to: Strike 
Three, PO Box 3145, Geary St., #503, San 
Francisco, CA 94118. 



VIDEOS: over 1000 shows. All, Adoles- 
cents, Adicts, Bad Brains, Bikini Kill, 



cle Jerks, Cows, Cromags, Damned, Day- 
glos, Descendents, Dickies, Entombed, Ex- 
ploited, Eye Hate God, Flipper, Fugazi, 
GBH, SJ Hawkins, Hole, Jawbox, KM- 
FDM, Hyneas, Leeway, Lyres, Madball, 
Marilyn Manson, Meatmen, Mighty Boss- 
tones, and many, many more. $1 for 40 pg 
list. Write Merle Allin/ 2 14 E. 23th St. #5B/ 
NY, NY 10010. Call (212) 88^8334. Quick- 
est service anywhere. 



PUNK/HARDCORE/GARAGE/power 

pop/wave 7" records for sale. Many rar- 
ities from the late seventies to the 
present. Includes: Bureaucrats, CIA, Dils, 
Frantix, Freeze, Neos, K-Tels, Middle 
Class, Riot 303, Vains, Vktms, etc. Also 
have lots of newer stuff. Please send one 
dollar or ire for auction list to: Warren 
Bidlock, PO Box 61050, Edmonton AB., 
T5E 6J6 Canada. 



PUNK 7" WANTED!!!: Absentees, 
Bleach Boys, Blitz Boys, Helmettes, Hor- 
ror Comic, Innocent Vicars, Jermz, Let- 
ters, Nasty Facts News, Normals, Pack, 
Razar, Steve Sharp & The Cleancuts, 
Xpress, Young Identities, etc. Please send 
me your list: Satoshi Sasaki/ 7-22-3 Gu- 
mizawa / Totsuka-Ku / Yokohama-Shi/ 
Kanagawa 245/Japan 



CONFEDERACY OF SCUM - Records 
by Antiseen, Cocknoose, Rancid Vat, Al- 
coholics Unanimous, Limecell, and host I 
of others. SASE for catalog to Baloney I 
Shrapnel, POB 6504, Phoenix, AZ 85005 



AUCTION LIST AVAILABLE tor punk/ 
hardcore/garage/power pop/wave 7" 
records. Includes: The Blood, Bristles 
(Ger), Agent Orange (first), The Eat (sec- 
ond), State, Unter, Den Linden, Varuk- 
ers, Zyklone D, The Mob, Controllers, 
Curse, etc. Plus many more rarities fi 
all eras. Please send one dollar or ire for 
list to: Warren Bidlock, PO Box 61050, 
Edmonton AB., T5E 6J6 Canada. 



TIM OF REFUSENIK RECS owes me 
records for his part of a trade in October 
'96. If anyone knows him or how I can 

get in touch with him please contact me. 
Michael, 5006B Grover Ave., Austin, TX | 
78756(512)302-3535 



I WANT YOUR GODZILLA STUFF! I 

have tons of punk rock videos to trade. 
Ramones, Dead Boys, Screeching Wea- 
sel, Boris the Sprinkler, Forgotten 
Rebels, and lots more. Write for a list. I 
want any old (or new) Godzilla stuff 
(toys, comics, whatever). Call and tell me 
what you have . Video traders send me 
your lists. Steve Dink, 56 N. High St. 
Thunder Bay, ON, P7A 5R3 Canada (807) 
345-4819. 



FAVES: Ida, Belle and Sabastian, Cap'n 
Jazz, Rocket F.T.C., Bjork, Tortoise, Jaw- 
box, Radiohead, Redhouse, Velocity Girl, 
Rex, Pizzicato Five, Superchunk, Foo, Tori 
Amos, Smoking Popes, Shudder, David 
Lynch, Lunchboxes, Travel, Mail. Write: 
Tim, 5045 Piccadilly Dr., Madison, WI 
53714 



JSXE FURY! Youth of Today 3 shows cir- 
Ica '87/'88 and Gorilla Biscuts 2 live shows 
]'88/'89. Two essential hardcore videos for 
■$14 each or 425 for both(ppd in the US). 
■Fast service, no rip-offs! Joseph, 3687 Cal- 
lumet St., Philadelphia, PA 19129-1749 



SPAZZ, BRUTAL-TRUTH, His hero is 
Gone, Black Army Jacket live 6/97 in 
Philly. High-quality two-hour video. Bru- 
tal performances, audience shots, secret 
guest, a fight. Fast service, no rip-offs! $15 
ppd US to: Joseph. 3687 Calumet St., Phil- 
adelphia, PA 19129-1749 



LOOKING FOR: SOB"Leave me Alone" 
and "Thrash Night", Heresy / Concrete 
Sox, Larm/Stanx, Rose Rose- various, 
Warhead 1st 7", Mob47 7", Systematic 
Death 7"s, Braindeath 7", Negative Ap- 
proach 7", Ripcord 1st Lp, Rattus- vari- 
ous, Bastard Lp, Death Side Lps, Rudi- 
mentary Peni 7"s, Gauze- various, Pan- 
demodium Lp and 1st 7", Lots of Japa- 
nese comps and more. Write: Jamie, 19009 
Wayne, Livonia MI 41852, USA. email: 
jamiesabuda@hotmail.com 



ASSUCK/DROP DEAD - live! Assuck in 
Japan, Drop Dead in Philly. Two great 
quality, wild shows on one video tape. Fast 
service, no rip-offs! Only $14 US ($16 
world) to: Joseph, 3687 Calumet St., Phil- 
adelphia, Pa 19129-1749 



■RECORDS FOR SALE: 100s in all genres 
■of punk and hardcore. Rare and not so 
Irare. Early 80s to early 90s. Includes: early 
■Dischord and Revelation, straightedge, 
Igrind, DC, Bay Area, Brit, Boston, NY. 
ISSD, Big Boys, Infest, Warzone, Jaw- 
Ibreaker. 11 page catalog. Vinyl Connec- 
tion, 816 SE 35th Ave., Portland, 
lOR 97214. Send 2 oz. postage if you got it. 



SCREECHING WEASEL. WANTED: old 

singles, first album, first and second press- 
ings of Boogada, Ramones and anything 
else. Please send a list with condition to: 
Crystal Bradley, 1308 White Ave., Apt. #2, 
Knoxville, Tennessee, 37916. 



WANT: SAMIAM (anything from the 
USA). Any format. Plus looking to swap 
mixed tapes with these living outside of 
the USA. I enjoy: Boris The Sprinkler, 
Cub, Dillinger Four, Doc Hopper, J- 
Church, Horace Pinker, Jawbreaker, Mul- 
ligan Stu, Plow, Screeching Weasel, The 
Parasites, Porcelain Boys, Promise Ring, 
Softies, Strike and Vindictives. Johann 
Zweifel, 2211 Harriet Ave. S. Minneapo- 
lis, MN 55405. 



PIN RECS. DISTRO "Mission Creep" Lp comp 
$5ppd US cash. Nothing Cool" 7" comp w/ 
Dryhea ves / Transistor/ Youth Hostel / Spackle 
$2 'also shows/zines. Jim, 1517 Floyd #1, Rich- 
mond, VA 23220. Will do trades, send samples. 



EVERYDAY STRUGGLE: I'm interested in 
starting an all ages, voluntary run, by punks 
for punks club in the Los Angeles, Califor- 
nia area. If there is anyone out there that is 
interested in creating a more united scene 
in L. A. then please contact me at Everyday 
Struggle, c/o Rory Rogers, 7512 Amigoi Ave. 
Reseda, CA 91335. 



TRADE ONLY. Chaos UK 'Burning Brit- 
ain', Raw Power 'Wop Hour', The Mob 'Mir- 
ror Breaks', Conflict 'The Serenade Is 
Dead'. Looking for Swedish, Japanese and 
Finnish hardcore/punk. Adam. 5420 SE 
62nd Ave. Portland, Oregon 97'> A ^ 



RARE BRITISH PUNK/Oi!/HC. Set sale 
1800+ items, Abrasive Wheels, Zounds, 
Want-list service. Please send ire for cata- 
log: Elista, 157 Common Rise, Hitchin, 
Herts., SG4 0HS, England. Tel/fax:(01462) 
433089. 



ATTENTION PLEASE: for some kind of 
comunication error here we got the wrong 
prices on our ad in MRR #173. Our correct 
prices are: Dominatrix "Girl Gathering" 11 
songs cd (riot grrl punk rock)US $10 ppd 
and Dance Of Days "6 First Hits", 6 songs 
single cd (check MRR #172 reviews) 
US$8.00ppd. We haven't ripped any peo- 
ple off and sent back their exceeding mon- 
ey. Thanx. Teenager In A Box, Caixa Post- 
al 205-Sao Paulo, SP, CEP 01059970, Bra- 
zil 



FUCK, FUCK, (23 more times). Oh yea.. .buy 
the Noclass 7" for $3. ..It's so fast it'll make 
yer asshole bleed.. .PO Box 6165, Rome GA 
30162. Email: noclass22@ aol.com 



FOR SALE: QUEERS-Rocket to Russia 
(pink vinyl, silkscreened jacket), Shout 
At..., Suck This (clear w/ black pic. disc), 
Screeching Weasel- Radio Blast 7", split 
with Pink Lincolns 7 ". B/O. Write: Aman- 
da/291 Mt. Rd. /Cape Neddick, ME 03902. 



WANTED (ORIGINAL ONLY/lst press) 
HC vinyl USA from 1990 to 1996 everything 
7" 12" Lp. Expecially : Brotherhood 7" - 
Screw 32 - 25 ta Life - Chose X - Ignite - 7" 
Where the Talk - Limecell - With Authori- 
ty - Tension 7" The Sickness - Uyus - etc.. 
Everything! ! ! Send your list to: Lega Paolo 
via A. Da Barbiano 30/ Rimini (RN) Italy - 
47900- (Fax 0039-541-26690) 



A ONE RECORDS FOR SALE/trade, 

Ebba Gron-Antirock 7", Vad Sla Du Bli 7", 
Anti Cimex-Anarkist Attack 7", Massme- 
dia-Ingen Hets 7", P-Nissarna-Jugend 7', 
Rude Kids- Absolute Ruler 7"/ "Reggare Is 
A Bunch Of Motherfuckers'' 7"/1984 Is 
Here To Stay 12", Skabb-1978 7", Head- 
cleaners-The Infection Grows 7", Bristles- 
Don't Give Up 7", Attentat-Ge Fan I Meg 
7"-, Absurd-Blodig Stad 7 ", Kaaos/Cadgers- 
split 7". All original, see other ad for ad- 
dress. 



MRR HATES CRACK find out why on their 
new cd "Losing One's Cool" - 16 powerful, 
energetic & creative punk tunes. If Twin 
Peaks had a punk band Crack would be it. 
$10ppd gets you the cd - 235 Pacific Oaks, 
#104, Goleta, CA 93117. Crack wants to 
play your town - call (213) 223-1928. 



A ONE RECORDS FOR SALE/trade, 
Kjott-Nei, Nei, Nei 7", Las Peste-Better 
Off Dead 7", Law & Order- Anything But 
the Critic's Choice 7", Misfits-Bullet 77 
Night Of The Living Dead 7", News-Dirty 
Lies 7", Filth-Don't Hide Your Hate 7", 
Gasoline-Killer Man 7", Hard Ons-Surf- 
ing On My Face 7", GG Allin & the Jab- 
bers- You Hate Me And I Hate You 7", 
Blitz-All Out Attack 7", Glen Danzig- 
Who Killed Marilyn 7", War Of Destruc- 
tion-Nazisvin 7", Psychosurgeons-Wild 
Weekend 7". All original, see other ad for 
address. 



A ONE RECORDS FOR SALE/trade, Re- 
ally Red-Crowd Control 7", Silly Killers- 
Not That Time Again 7", Vomit Visions- 
Punks Are the Old Farts Of Today 7", 
Vains-School Jerks 7 ". All original. I'm in- 
terested in early world wide punk/HC 
records and flyers (77-84). Send your bids 
or trade list & one ire or one dollar to: 
Daniel Dellemyr, Sodra Langg. 11 BV/2, 
392 32 Kalmar, Sweden. 



SELL ME THESE records, Fear - Now 
She's Dead, The Eat - Communist Radio, 
Crime - Frustration, Poison Idea - Blank, 
Vacant, Blackout, Darby (blue). The 
Cramps - The Way I walk, Human Fly, 
Agnostic Front - United Blood (org), 
Varukers - Led To The Slaughter, Feed- 
erz - Jesus (Rat in the mouth cover), Surf 
Punks - Self titled. Rob Frishkoff , 502 Mi- 
nor N #3, Seattle, WA 98109 or 202-748- 
0874 



WANTED (ORIGINAL ONLY/ 1st press) 
HC vinyl USA from 1982 to 1989: YOT 7" 
12" LP - RF7 - Poision Idea - Schism - 
CFA 7" - SNFU 7" 1st Lp - Cro-Mags Up 
the Age. . . - Offenders - Antidote 7 " - Ver- 
bal Assalut 12" Learn - Pushmort - etc... 
Everything excell-ent condition. Also 
Finnish HC : Rattus - Appendix - Kaaos - 
etc... Send your list to: Lega Paolo via A. 
Da Barbiano 30/ Rimini (RN) Italy - 
47900- (Fax 0039-541-26690) 



WANTED: COPIES/ORIGINALS - Van 

dais "Slippery When 111" CD, Propagan- 
dhi/I Spy CD, MTX/Goober Patrol CDEP, 
Mystic NOFX 7"s, rare stuff/bootlegs 
from aforme-ntioned bands & Gutter- 
mouth, Vindictives, SW, Queers.. Trade/ 
buy. Mike, 123 Shaddy Hill Rd., 
Apalachin, NY 13732 



VINYL COLLECTORS! Rare punk and 
hardcore from the seventies and eighties;! 
send two (or one IRC) for catalog to: Lodge, I 
PO Box 7896, AnnArbor, MI 48107 



SONICS RENDEZVOUS BAND Do It 

Again Live LP. This LP is better than any 
dime bag of dope. For trade or sale - only 
a few left. Save your soul now! If you only 
knew salvation." Chris 534 E. 14th St J 
NY, NY 10009 USA. 



WANTED: PROPAGANDHI items-copies/ 
originals - cassettes: "We Don't Getl 
Paid...", "Fuck The Scene", "Martial] 
Law..", "Yep (live)", split cd with ISpy, 7" 
from Birth zine, Systematic Destruction! 
Compilation, Will trade or buy - Mike Croft, I 
123 Shady Hill, Apalachin, NY 13732. 



\MAXIMUMROCKNROLL must* <lassifi<*d* 



CHAOS CORE compilation CD out 
now. 35 bands ( Detestation, Rotten 
Sound, Urbn Dk, Tank 18, The Varuk- 
ers, Agathocles, Mass Murderess, Gen- 
tle, Positive/Negative...). 10 $ or 50 FF 
ppd (cash only) to : Yann Verdalle, 2 les 
Hauts de Beychac, 33750 Beychac et 
Caillau, France. Bands ( punk/hc/ 
crust...) send tapes (no box) for next 
compilations. 



JBLOOD! FIRE! ROCK N' ROLL!!! The 

iJack Saints/ The Hot Rod Honeys split 
Igray Vinyl both $4.00. Each ppd send 
leash to 1901 Turk St. #2 SF CA 94115 



EAT SHIT PUNK ZINE WANTS art, 
columns, interviews and bands for inter- 
national comp. tape/zine. Send your shit 
to: E.S. comp. c/o Danny, P.O.B 4766 
SLT,CA 96157. 



■AUSTRALIAN PUNK COMPilation CD 
l#2. 16 Aussie bands. 34 songs, everything 
■from: SxE, grind, crust, hardcore, pop. 
I$8ppd. Also Kiarra/Farenheit 451 split 
|7", Australia's 1st emo 7". $6 ppd. Cash 
lOnly. Labels, bands, distros get in touch, 
■we also trade. Snapshot Records, PO Box 
1 175 Georges Hall NSW, 2198, Australia. 



FOR SALE/TRADE: Shock - This Gen- 
eration's on Vacation 7 "/Valves - Robot 
Love 77 Tiger Tails - Words Without 
Conviction 7"/ Valves- Tarzan... 7 "/Dis- 
order- Reality Crisis 7 "/Also Menace / 
Carpettes / Not Sensibles/ etc... Write ; 
Paul, 30 Sookholme Road, Shire-brook, 
Mansfield, Notts, NG20 8SE, England 



IWANTED: Vatican Commandos " 
■Squad For God" 7". Ben/ P.O. Box 66722/ 
[Chicago, IL 60666 



YOUR MOTHER seeks fan base. Lonely? 
Desperate to belong? No taste? Join us. 
SASE with a picture and an embarrass- 
ing story about yourself to PO Box 623/ 
Pleasanton, CA 94566/ USA 



ll WANT TO BUY Devo - Tiger Wax 12", 
■Live Mabuhay 12", How To Keep A De- 
I voter 12", + Saturday Night 7"; Stran- 
■glers - Picnic EP, Moltriffid - vinyl, Vio- 
lent Tumor - 7", Hoax - Quiet 12", SS20 
I- Daddy's Drunk 7", Ex - All Corpses 7"; 
■trade possible! Please write to: Thomas 
iLindenbuam/ Voxtruperstr. 12/ 49082 
■Osnabruck/ Germany. Pigz - Bloody Bel- 
Igium 12" (original) for sale to the high- 
lest bid. Please contact: Torsten 
iFriedrichs/ Worthstr. 46/ 49082 
■Osnabruck/ Germany 



WANTED - BANDS with no money and 
no future. Yet they have talent. Send demo 
+ lyrics, to Craig Hill/FHCoPL/ POB 987/ 
San Carlos, CA 94070. Coming soon: Bill 
"the Nuke" Clinton dartboards! ! ! 



ISALE/TRADE: Icons of Filth, Varukers, 
|4-Skins, Cocksparrer, Disorder, Combat 
■ 84, Conflict plus loads more. Anarcho- 
lOi! we've got the lot. No Future, Crass, 
■Riot City, Syndicate, Motar Hate etc.. re- 
Leases stocked. For a full list send an IRC 
lor $1 to Yokel Records', 53 Louise Road, 
■Dorchester, Dorset. DTI 2LU, U.K. 



buttons, patches, shirts, and a ton more for 
low prices! Adicts, Dickies, Crass, Vice 
Squad, Operation Ivy, Misfits, Subhumans, 
Conflict, Minor Threat, and Thousands 
more! For a huge 45 page catalog, send $1 
to: Dr. Strange Records, PO Box 7000-117 
Alta Loma, CA 91701. Call for updates at 
(909) 483-2979. Dr. Strange has tour punk 
rock fix! 



CHARLES BRONSON VIDEO last show 8/ 
97 with Assuck, MK Ultra & Acrid - $10ppd. 
Assfort, Guaze, Spazz 9/96 - $10ppd or BOTH 
for $10 on 4hr speed. Direct from master. 
NTSC only. Well hidden cash please. Siusan, 
Box 543, Station P, Toronto, ON M5S 2T1, 
Canada. 



OLD SCHOOL HARDCORE GEEK in 

search of Poison Idea "The Early Years" 
CD. Also, would you please record me Psy- 
cho "8 Song EP" 12", "Son of 8 Song EP" 
7" and "Fuck Off Live" 7"? If you can help 
write to: James Keefer, 13931 White Oak 
Ridge, Hancock, MD 21750 U$A Thanx! 



OI! AIN'T DEAD! - The Oppressed, Com- 
bat 84, Red Alert, Cocksparrer, The Busi- 
ness, 4-Skins, Major Accident and many oth- 
er punk Oi! releases stocked. All originals, 
no re-presses - at fair prices. So get a life 
and send an IRC or $1 to Yokel Records, 53 
Louise Road, Dorchester, Dorset. DTI 2LU 
U.K. for a full list. 



IDEM FIRST CD is out on Backside 
Records!!! Pure old school hardcore like 
SOIA, Judge, Agnostic Front.. .from Spain. 
The price is $12 including airmail postage 
to everywhere in the world. Distros or la- 
bels interested in trading get in touch Back- 
side apdo 2364 / 09080 Burgos/ Spain 
backside@legend.net 



bands like State of Alert, Minor Threat, 
Agnostic Front, Up front,. ..Also looking for: 
AFI - they're first 2 eps. (I'm also interest- 
ed in patches of these bands) Send prices 
to: Ivan Sainz/ Islas Canarias 23/ 09006 
Burgos / Spain email: backside® legendnet. 
net 



LABELS! Buford records is looking for oth- 
er labels to do split 7" and 10 "s with. I'm 
17 and run Buford out of a cardboard box 
in my bedroom. Have gotten all good re- 
views. Labels get in touch!: Buford Records, 
2 Oak St. Ext., Franklin, MA 02038 



MENSUAL RECORDS - Specializing 
in: pop-punk, experimental, spoken word, 
weird, etc. Now available: Gymicrae 5 song 
cd $7 - ppd. Hollywood 1958*12" $5ppd. All 
foreign orders add $2 - for postage. Send 2 
stamps for our zine/catalog and a sticker, 
P.O. Box 394, Hudson, NH 03051. phone/ 
fax# (603) 595-5600. 



RECORD AUCTION: Punk, hardcore, 
grind-core,death metal 7" & 12" records 
from all over the world. Hellnation, Here- 
sy, Heart Attack, Ism, Fartz, Destuctors, 
Riot Squad, Christ on Parade, A.C., Ame- 
bix, Disrupt, etc.. Send 2 stamps or 2 IRCs 
intl. to: Peter Kamarinos, PO Box 2175 
Lynn, MA 01903 



CHEAP RELIABLE MAIL ORDER! All 

types of punk from late 70's to present 
day. Big names (Sparrer, Crass, Business, 
Buzzcocks) and new bands! New releas- 
es, reissues and rarities. UK, USA, and 
German currencies accepted. Vinyl, CD's 
(yuk!) and t-shirts. (Labels- preferably 
Oi/street punk-send wholesale details) 
For huge list send SAE (UK), or IRC or 
US Dollar (overseas) to Savage Anuse- 
ment, Trev, 57 Briardenne, Burnopfield, 
Newcastle Uopn Tyne, NE16 6LJ, En- 
gland. 



AUDIO/VIDEO TAPE TRADERS want- 
ed: quality recordings, quick service. 
Misfits, Ramones, BTS, DKs, ANWL, 
Pistols, CJs, GBH. Your list gets mine' , 
Greg Gibson, 507 N. Marshall, Clarks- 
ville, IN 47129 



Oi! THE STOUTS "1997 Demo" is out 
now! 6 songs of hard hitting, drunking 
Oi! ruckus! $3ppd(US) or $4ppd(world) 
well hidden cash in US currency only to: 
The Stouts c/o Darryl, PO Box 926, Or- 
lando, FL 32802-0926 



SHAM 69/UNDERTONES VIDEO, UKJ 

tv clips comp. Top of the Pops, Some- 
thing Else, Whistle Test, Landan 
Weekend. 120 min. TDK-EHG $20 
ppd. Money order/cash to : Jim Russo/ 
7314 Rockwell #2/ Philadelphia, PA 
19111. American format only! 2 
stamps gets list! 



IMMENSE LIST of over 2000 '76-'97 
Punk alternative, new wave, indy, 
grunge, crust, hardcore, dirge, no wave, 
noise, pop & garage. Send 2 stamps or 2 
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This list is just 1/2 of our stock, so send a 
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CRAMPS VIDEO COMPILATION Rust 
Dutch tv 1992, Request Video 1992, Blue 
Spotlight 1995, Aussie, Euro MTV clips 
The Tube Smell of Female feature, more! 
2 hours TDK-EH6 $20 money order to: 
Jim Russo/ 7314 Rockwell #2/Philadel- 
phia, PA 19111 



3 DIFFERENT 7"S for $6 ppd. I quit u^ 
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around that I need to get rid of. Make pay- 
able to Brian Tontegode/ 4007 Lindsey Cir- 
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VIDEOS - PAL (UK etc) & NTSC (USA etc). 
Trade/sale. Thousands of shows/promos/tv 
clips. Stuff like Propagandhi, Business, 
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Dwarves, GG, Dickies, Descendents, Oper- 
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mans, Snuff, Gin Goblins. SAE (UK), 2IRCs 
(overseas) or decent trades list: Dave, 50a 
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BAYLIES BAND EP cass. "Packin' 
Heat", $5. $7 foreign, to Stuffed Pig pob 
50981, New Bedford, MA 02745-0033 
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SPIKED LEATHER, BONDAGE, S-M. Pyra- 
mid belts, collars, wristbands, restraints, cones, 
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handmade leather products. Are you sick of 
paying out the ass for cheaply made 
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prices. Custom orders also made. Send stamp 
for catalog to: B. Leather, 2072 Richfield Dr, 
Kettering, OH 45420. 



INCARCERATED IN TEXAS!!! Bored 21 y/o 
male punk rocker looking for female penpals 
to cerrespond with... age, race and sexual pref- 
erence unimportant. Musical interests are 
Spazz, Born Against, MITB, Los Crudos, 
etc... I'm on the brink of going crazy. Don't hes- 
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ters. Josh Flowers #763240, Dominguez Unit, 
6535 CagnonRd., San Antonio, TX 78252, U$A 



PLEASE HELP!!! Starting a fanzine dedicat- 
ed to the Lunachicks and looking for contribu- 
tions: reviews, flyers, interviews, magazine ar- 
ticles, pictures, anything!!! All contributions 
will be appreciated!! Send to Bitterness Bar- 
bie/ PO Box 113/ Buffalo, NY 14220 



[INSTRUMENTAL GOSPEL CHAPROOKS, 

Imachine, robotic, computer. All original books. 
(Contact: Anthony Russ/ 1324 Burdsal Pkwy/ 
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WANTED: CARTOON ARTIST for sheet mu- 
sic soundtrack composer. Contact: Anthony 
Russ/ 1324 Burdsal Pkwy/ Indianapolis, IN 
46208/(317) 925-2087 



GG ALLIN DOLLS. Merle-approved. "Fuck- 
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printed, stuffed, double-sided (GG w/ tats on 
front, taking dump on back). Shit Brown, Snot 
Green, Piss Yellow, Blood Red, Overdose Blue. 
Pick your colour. Cums in a GG vomit bag. $10 
US, $12 Can/World, plus $2 postage per doll. 
Also 'Tijuana Bibles' — hardcore sex comix from 
1930's (porno Popeye, Clark Gable, etc), 30 ti- 
tles, all for $6 US, $8 Can/World; 'Andre the 
Giant Has a Posse' t-shirts (L, XL, blk on wh 
or blk on r)— $10 US, $12 Can/World, plus $2 
postage; patches; zines; underground Super 8 
films on video. More. Curious? $2 for a cata- 
logue and a Tijuana Bible. MO's or W/c cash 
to: Spaceman Productions, 689 Queen St. West, 
Box 193, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M6J 1E6. 
Distributors wanted. 



ONESKIP DISTRIBUTION We carry some 
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JENNY KRUCKEBERG, Robert Waugh, Wen- 
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to you have been returned. Get in touch to claim 
the stuff you paid for. Sound Idea Distribution, 
POBox 3204, Brandon, FL 33509-3204 USA 
(813)653-2550 



BIZARRE VIDEOS! 1,500 rare, uncut horror, 
hardcore punk, sexx, Japanamation, Hong Kong 
action, spaghetti western and art films on video 



ford Ave , Blackwood, NJ 08012- 



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SLASH ISSUES AVAILABLE (cover follows 
volume): Volume l#l(Dave Vanian), Volume 
ll#10(David Byrne), Volume III#1 (Lee Ving), 
Volume III#2(Burning Spear), Volume III#3(Sex 
Pistols), Double Final Issue (Darby Crash) All 
in very nice condition. $10 ppd (US only) Bulk 
orders OK. Ryan Richardson/PO Box 49984/Aus- 
tin.TX 78765 



ads (40 words or less), poetry, 
mentary. If you want a copy of 
or 3 stamps to: Dark Entries, 62 
#134. Bell CA 90201. 



DARK ENTRIES is a pen pal network dedicat- 
ed to printing classified ads, so punks can meet 
other punks, trade free shit, poet ry, or just basi- 
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p, send $1 
antic Ave 



EVIL GEMINI WITCH wants you to submit. 
Lookin for personal stories of any length regard- 
ing 1 - using methamphetamine, 2 - gender role 
nonconformity, 3 - Band breakups written by 
someone in the band. This will be a one off book/ 
zine project. Send stories/inquires to: Matt, PO 
Box 15295, S.F., CA., 94115.. 



JAPANIMATION/ANIME VIDEOS for sale or 
trade. Akira, Bio-hunter, Tank Police, Venus- 
Wars, Spawn. Ghost in the Shell, Mad Bull, 
Shadow Skill. Violence Jack, many more. Will 
trade for other animation movies or dubbed mu- 
sic - h/c, punk. All titles for cheap $. Send stamp 
for catalog/list to: L.I.S./ PO Box 170/ White 
Plains, NY 10603-0170 



think is cool. We are super fast and cheap. Send penpals. Boys, g] 

your name and address for a free catalog. 701 music, write ph 

Windingway, Bartlesville, OK 74006. Or please. No fasc 

Oneskiprec@aol.com bullshit! Janaim 



SEEKING OLD FLIPSIDES: #1-45, 54, 59, 62, 
64, 75, 77-79, 84, 93, 99, 103. State condition and 
price desired, or trade for my old Maximum- 
RocknRolls: #17, 44, 45, 47, 48, 51-53, 55-71, 74, 
75, 77, 78, 80, 81, 82-99, 100.1, 100.2, 109, 118, 
120, 140, 142, 143, 167. Tom Slone, 3024 Mabel 
Street, Berkeley, CA 94702. 



BRAZILIAN HC GIRL would like to get new 



ree catalog. 701 music, write please. Feminist 
OK 74006. Or please. No fascists, hardline 
bullshit! Janaina - Caixa Post; 
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riends needed 



IPOOP MIXED WITH PEE" a skateboard ben- 
lefit cd compilation featuring Diesel Boy, Less 
iThan Jake, Sicko, Ferd Mert, Rhythm Collision, 
|Gob, Quincy Punx, Fury 66, Moral Crux, and 
Imore for $10 to: Jamie Garza, PO Box 781, Soap 
lLake, WA 98851 



SELLING MRR BACK ISSUES $1 each march 
93' - June 96', plus some 7" & cd's. Write for 
list of stuff still available. C.K. 6115 Pegasus 
Dr. #8, Riverside CA 92503. Also looking for 
sk8-punk zines with vert to distro. 



■GLUTTON FOR PUNISHMENT- Finally, a 
■real punk zine from San Francisco. Buy it 
■wankers. Issue 1 & 2 are 55 cents each or both 
■for a buck. PO Box 15295, S.F., CA, 94115. 



YOU SHOULD really write me! I'm a 23 y.o. 
girl looking to write with girls & boys from all 
over the US . I am into a variety of 
stuff: Skankin Pickle, Tattoos, Mail, Huggy 
Bear, NBT, the list goes on & into many 
categories! I'll write everyone back. Nichole, 
4603 Talley Hill Ln, Wilm. DE 19803. 



EYEHATEGOD - Southern feedback drenched 
violent Sabbath/Flag hardcore blues. Been on 
tour forever! Permanent new address. Mike Wil- 
liams, c/o EHG, POB 19412, New Orleans LA 
70179-0412. Peace thru addiction 



AUSTRALIAN BLOKES, I'm a 25 years old 
French-Canadian male. I'm now living in Eu- 
rope but I'll soon move in your country, some- 
time around June 98. So, I'm seeking correspon- 
dence with you over there, I'm looking for peo- 
ple to hang out with or be involved in projects 
with, start a band, go to gigs and pubs or any- 
thing else open-minded. For more info just drop 
me a line. Cheers. Yves Berthiaume/ Route De 
France 15/ 2350 Saignelegier/ Switzerland 



ANGELHEART #8 ZINE. Too PC/DIY for MRR. 
$2 ppd w/Epajarjestys, Global Holocaust, Rot- 
ten Sound, Harsh, Tuomiopaivan Lapset plus 
written pieces (not reprints) about ALF, Natura 
2000, feminism, nazism & religion. Angelheart 
c/o J-P Muikku, Kotaniementie 47, 83960 Koli, 
Finland 



RN PATCHES: silkscreened hardcore punkl 

and crust patches. Antischism, Amebix, De- 1 
stroy , Icons of Filth and many many more ! For I 
list send a SASE to RNP c/o G. King, 7089 cl 
N. Main St., Blacksburg, VA 24060 or http://| 
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FIGHT THIS GENERATION fanzine issue 
number eight out now Twenty pages of stuff 
about indie and punk rock and constant com- 
plaining. Send one dollar or trade to PO Box 
5183, Glencoe, AL 35905. 



STAY ALL OVER THE WORLD for free. If 
you like people more than hotels, and find the 
' idea of paying $ 100 for a bed worse than pay- 
ing $10 to see a band, than find out about The 
World For Free, an organization of like mind- 
ed people all over the world. For information 
write to: The World For Free, PO Box 137-M, 
Prince Street Station, New York NY 10012, 
USA. 



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traveling, cheap be 
Saints, Dwarves, Ui 
Boys, 2Pac. Geto Br 
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ys, ICP, Fu- 
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aves, Man- 
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ATTENTION PUNK GIRLS! Have you got an 

unusually wonderful nose? The folks at Men- 
sual Records are putting together a new, full 
size zine called 'Romanose' and want you on 
the cover of the premiere issue. Send sample 
photos of your profile to: Mensual Records c/o 
Romanose, POBox 394, Hudson NH 03051. 
Phone (603)595-5600. P.S. We're also in need 
of literary and artistic submissions. 



LYDIA LUNCH - I need anything erotic fea- 
turing Lydia. Also need first Pentagram LP. 
Phantasm CD, demos by Lycanthrope, Brood 
& Apartment 213. I trade vids too, your list 
gets mine. Evil women, nudists & psychos can 
drop a line as well. Write to: Scab, 3745 Pear- 
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Righteous pen pals needed! I'm a 25 y.o. male 
in prison and in need of someone positive to 
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political bands. I'm very open-minded. O 
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